Novak Djokovic can still claim the end-of-year top ranking. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au/AFP
Novak Djokovic has been almost unstoppable in winning his last three events in Beijing, Shanghai and Paris, and now he gets the chance to back up his win in last year’s World Tour Finals in London with victory in the England capital this week. He starts his campaign against the man he beat in the final there last year, Roger Federer .
The pair met just last week in the Paris semis with Djokovic coming from a set down to prevail 4-6 6-3 6-2 . The Serb had to work hard in the final to overcome the dogged David Ferrer 7-5 7-5 , and Federer’s main hope may lie in the fact he has had some extra time to prepare for this event. In his other two tournament wins, the Djoker beat Rafael Nadal in Beijing and the other player in blistering form late in the season, Juan Martin Del Potro in Shanghai.
After losing to Del Potro in the final in Basel in front of his home fans, Federer reversed that result in the French capital with a three-set victory in the quarters for his best win in some time. He is without a tournament triumph since Wimbledon warm-up event Halle, although he seems to be hitting his straps at the end of the year.
Djokovic has won six of the last eight clashes between the former world number ones. Federer leads the overall head-to-head 16-15 and they have have split the two match-ups in the end of season London event.
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