The world number one has reached his first ATP World Tour Finals final in London by beating Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 6-3 6-2 in two hours and eleven minutes at the O2 Arena.
The first set was won by the world number seven, who had came through the round robin group stage in second place. Del Potro forced Djokovic into errors with some powerful forehands in the impressive exchanges between the pair, who met in the Olympics earlier this year. It took the London 2012 bronze medalist just over three quarters of an hour to secure the set, with the key moment when he made the scoreline 4-4 and then went on to win two more games comfortably. At this point Novak looked very out of form, but it wasn’t too long before we saw him back to his usual self.
The second set began with more Del Potro dominance apart from the first game, which was won by Djokovic. Del Potro clawed back the lead at 2-1 but there was no way that the Djoker had done after he hit back immeadiatly to make it even stevens at 2-2. Promptly after the set was levelled, the sixth seed’s energy heights dipped. Yesterday he caused an upset and beat Roger Federer, that perhaps taking it out on Del Potro. Whereas Novak Djokovic’s last game was on Friday, a two set win over Tomas Berdych. Djokovic won the last four out of five games in that set, after levelling, to take the set. The Group B runner-up looked increasingly exhausted, evident from his grunts when hitting the ball.
The third set was stormed by Novak Djokovic, who produced some fierce and forceful horehands that any player would struggle to return. The Serb took advantage of Del Potro’s tiredness by hitting the ball from side to side on numerous occasions. Even on Del Potro’s service games, Djokovic showed no mercy with some unstoppable returns and eventually and deservadly won the set 6-2.
The match had two complete different sides, for the first set and parts of the second Del Potro played some lovely tennis and dominated. After that Djokovic took the game by storm and eased past a tired Argentine.
The 2008 Tour Finals champion will face a tough final against either Wimbledon champion Roger Federer or US Open champion Andy Murray, who will battle it out later in the other semi-final.