• Roger Federer defeated fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka to seal final spot
  • Novak Djokovic cruised past Rafael Nadal with 6-3, 6-3 win in semi-finals 
  • Federer takes on Djokovic for the second time this week after previous win 

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Djokovic takes the game to take a 4-2 lead. Federer pushed him all the way but Djokovic managed to muscle his way back into the lead. The O2 crowd are again showing their support for the underdog.

Federer wins four straight points to take the fifth game, with the score now at 3-2 to world No 1 Djokovic. The Swiss will be desperate to both get his hands back on the ATP World Tour Finals title and also claim second spot in the rankings from Murray. 

Djokovic’s dominance is already starting to show. Let’s see if he can break Federer once again to move one step closer to claiming the first set. 


As you’d expect Federer enjoying all the crowd support. Djokovic reminds me of Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras at stages of their career, when their high level of success was not matched by public adoration.

Djokovic gets the first break of the match to take an early advantage in this final. Federer is keeping pace with the world No 1 but you feel he could tire due to the amount of work he is already having to do on the court. Remember Federer is 34, while Djokovic is 28.

It’s all-square at the O2 with Djokovic winning his service game. Again the crowd show their love for Federer by jeering. 

The Swiss star takes the first game. Federer takes the advantage before finishing the job with a powerful drive, which Djokovic fails to return. 

As my colleague Stuart Fraser previously said, the crowd are clearly with Federer. The fans make loud cheers after Djokovic plays the ball into the net to level the scoreline at deuce. 

You will be delighted to hear that there is no repeat of last year when Roger Federer was forced to pull out shortly before the final with a back injury. It prompted an emergency call to Andy Murray, who was on his couch playing Mario Kart at the time, to come in and play an exhibition match.

Both players walk out on to the court and no surprise that Federer receives the louder cheer. A lot of Swiss fans here and his popularity globally is so high. Djokovic well used to being the crowd’s second favourite when he takes on Federer, to be honest.


Federer: ‘I’m feeling much better than last year. I am very relieved. It is going to be really exciting to walk out. Novak has done an amazing job in getting fit and fast from the baseline. I am very clear how I want to attack and being indoors helps a bit.’ 

Djokovic: ‘It has been a long season but when you start the season you wish to reach the final match. I don’t think anything significant will surprise one another tonight.’ 

Who do you think will win tonight’s final, Sportsmail readers? And will it go to three sets or be decided in the second?

Have your say in the comments box below or tweet me @Anthony_Hay

Djokovic was given a walkover victory during last year’s final as Federer withdrew with a back injury at the last minute. 

Let’s hope Federer can make up for last year’s disappointment by putting on a show as he tries to wrestle the ATP World Tour Finals trophy back from Djokovic. 

Djokovic has won the last three ATP World Tour Finals in London, with Federer winning the previous two before the Serb’s recent dominance. 

Djokovic with the ATP World Tour Finals trophy in 2014

Roger Federer shocks Novak Djokovic by beating World No 1 in straight sets

Strutting around the O2 Arena like an unshaven avenger, Roger Federer caused what now almost constitutes a sensation by beating Novak Djokovic.

The 34 year-old Swiss shattered the defences of the normally impregnable world No 1 to beat him 7-5, 6-2 and thus put himself through to the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

It was only Djokovic’s sixth defeat of the season and the first he has suffered since August 23 in Cincinnati. It was also his first on any indoor court in just over three years, and a packed crowd of 17,000 loved all 77 minutes of it.

READ MORE OF MIKE DICKSON’S REPORT FROM TUESDAY’S MATCH HERE

Federer salutes the O2 crowd after his previous win over Djokovic

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of tonight’s ATP World Tour Finals final between world No 1 Novak Djokovic and world No 3 Roger Federer.

Federer managed to spring a surprise against Djokovic on Tuesday by beating his rival 7-5, 6-2.

The Swiss star still has a chance to overtake Andy Murray by moving into second spot in the rankings behind Djokovic.

However he will have to both win tonight and hope Murray fails to shine in next week’s Davis Cup final in Belgium.

Meetings between the pair have often been extremely tight, with Federer holding the edge with 22 wins to Djokovic’s 21.

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Novak Djokovic will be hoping to exact revenge on long-time rival Roger Federer in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals following his loss earlier this week. 

Federer defeated Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 during the round robin stage before eventually sealing a spot in the semi-finals by beating fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka in straight sets on Saturday. 

World No 1 Djokovic, on the other hand, bounced back from his defeat by Federer as he comfortably dispatched Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3.

Follow all the action with ANTHONY HAY. Sportmail’s MIKE DICKSON and STUART FRASER will also be on hand to provide updates from the O2 arena.  

 

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