Novak Djokovic recalls an embarrassing loss

Novak Djokovic claimed only four games against David Ferrer at the 2011 ATP Finals

by Jovica Ilic
Novak Djokovic recalls an embarrassing loss

Novak Djokovic was a player to beat in 2011, winning 70 matches and claiming three Majors and five Masters 1000 trophies! Novak played on a high level at every tournament until the US Open, struggling with a back injury in New York but still beating Rafael Nadal in the final.

The Serb had to slow down in the remaining encounters, retiring against Juan Martin del Potro in the Davis Cup and skipping Beijing and Shanghai. Novak withdrew from the Paris Masters to preserve his back and shoulder for the ATP Finals.

Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych in the first round-robin match in London after fending off a match point, not playing great but prevailing for a winning start. That was not the case in the second round-robin match, though, as David Ferrer beat the Serb 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 15 minutes!

Novak criticized his performance after the encounter, saying he made an embarrassing number of unforced errors, as nothing worked in his game. Ferrer lost 11 points in eight service games and defended the only break point offered to Djokovic to mount the pressure on the other side.

Novak was far from those numbers after never finding the rhythm. He dropped half of the points behind the initial shot, got broken four times and counted 30 unforced mistakes! Ferrer stayed in touch with Djokovic in the shortest range up to four strokes.

He destroyed world no. 1 in the more extended rallies to bring the victory home in style and advance into the semi-final.

Novak Djokovic lost to David Ferrer in straight sets at the 2011 ATP Finals.

Novak wasted his only break chance in the opener's fourth game and got broken at 15 in the seventh game.

David held at 15 a few minutes later to confirm the lead and grabbed the second break at 5-3 to seal the opener. The Spaniard held at the beginning of the second set following an incredible point and broke the Serb with a forehand winner to open a 2-0 gap.

David brought the third game home with an ace to rattle off seven consecutive games and move closer to the finish line. With no energy in his legs and strokes, Djokovic netted a backhand to fall 5-1 behind before Ferrer grabbed four straight points in game seven to seal the deal and book a semi-final spot.

"I have to give credit to David; he played a great match. I was not there, and it was my worst match of the season. I made too many unforced errors, and I'm not playing well; that's a fact. Maybe it's because of the extended season, or I'm not feeling well on the court, but you have to accept the defeat.

You have to deliver your best tennis to stand a chance at this level, and nothing went well for me tonight. David played a great match, no question about that, but I did not give him any resistance. He could hit one ball more than me, and the number of unforced errors I made is embarrassing; I do not want to look at the stats.

David is a great fighter, and he always stays focused and determined; he deserved to win tonight," Novak Djokovic said after losing to David Ferrer.

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