Novak Djokovic: 'My greatest ATP Finals memory came against Roger Federer''



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Novak Djokovic: 'My greatest ATP Finals memory came against Roger Federer''

Novak Djokovic is through to his eighth ATP Finals title match in Turin, winning all four encounters and seeking a perfect week. Asked about his favorite ATP Finals memory, Novak mentioned his 2012 victory over Roger Federer in the title clash.

The Serb prevailed over the Swiss and beat him with a backhand down the line winner in the last point to celebrate the title. Djokovic overpowered Federer 7-6, 7-5 in two hours and 15 minutes for his second ATP Finals crown.

Novak and Roger met for the fifth time in 2012, and the Serb delivered the third victory. Djokovic won one point more than Federer, and they both had seven break chances. Novak converted four and made the difference after dropping serve three times.

Federer had more winners and unforced errors, with Novak forcing over 40 mistakes from his opponent to emerge at the top in their 29th meeting on the Tour and earn his 13th victory. Almost nothing could separate them in the shortest rallies up to four strokes.

Also, Roger stayed in touch with Novak in the more extended rallies to stay competitive until the last point. Federer kicked off the match with a hold at love after a volley winner at the net. He broke Novak without losing a point in game two for an instant lead and the best possible start.

The Swiss secured the third game with a forehand winner to move 3-0 up after just eight minutes, having the upper hand and threatening again on the return in the next game. Djokovic held after two deuces when his forehand down the line found the edge of the line.

Novak started to feel the ball and broke back in game five after Roger's backhand error. After six deuces at 4-4, Novak converted the third break chance and moved ahead following another unforced error from Roger. Djokovic wasted a set point in the next game, and Roger pulled the break back in the last moment to level the score at 5-5 and prolong the set.

Novak Djokovic prevailed over Roger Federer in the 2012 ATP Finals title match.

An ace moved Federer 6-5 up, and Djokovic did a great job on his serve despite receiving a medical timeout after falling to the ground and cutting his arm.

They stayed neck and neck in the tie break, and Roger fended off a set point with a beautiful forehand crosscourt winner at 5-6. Still, his backhand landed long in the next point, offering Novak another chance to clinch the set.

A forehand crosscourt winner sealed the opener for the Serb after grueling 72 minutes, prevailing despite an evident struggle on his second serve. Novak saved a break opportunity at the beginning of the second set with a service winner.

He denied another after Roger's loose backhand, and the Swiss squandered the third chance when his forehand landed long. Finally, Federer converted the fourth break point after a marathon game to build the advantage. He hit three winners in game two to cement the break, just like in the opener.

Roger stayed in front with an ace in game four, and there was another break chance up for grabs in the next one that could have sent him closer to a decider. Novak saved it to remain within one break deficit before Roger delivered another excellent hold in game six for 4-2.

The Swiss fended off a break chance in game eight, forcing the Serb's error to increase his lead to 5-3. Roger wasted two set points while serving for the set at 5-4. Novak broke back with a superb forehand attack that forced an error from the defending champion and gave him momentum in the closing stages.

Djokovic served well after that break he suffered and kept the pressure on the other side. He broke Federer for the second time in a row with a picture-perfect backhand down the line winner in game 12 that secured the title for him, the first at this event in four years.