Novak Djokovic d. Roger Federer 6/3 6/4 Novak Djokovic' perfect end in a perfect season. 11th title of the year, fifth at the ATP World Tour Finals and fourth in a row (never happened in tennis history), these are only a little part of the great Nole" numbers.
The week was not easy for him: lost to Federer in the Groups, won to Berdych without playing very well. But the true Djokovic comes in the final rounds, where he played seven times this year Roger Federer, but as already happened at Wimbledon and US Open Finals, the Swiss doesn"t play well like Novak in the key moments especially under mental level.
In the third game of the match Roger made two serious unforced errors and got broken without having put many first serves IN, 57% instead of 67% in the round robin) and with only one ace. Even on the break points Federer has been 0/2 today.
The Serb, who played more deep and missed less than his opponent, broke again in the ninth game winning first set 6/3. In the second game the level was up, Federer served great till eighth hame when he saved three break points in a row.
But World No. 1"s reaction is fantastic, if he had convert that break points would have served for the match but held at love the following game and then broke thanks to a Federer"s double fault on match point. Roger made 19 winners and 31 unforced errors but his season, at 34, is fantastic: won six titles and he is aware that is the only player to compete so often against the Belgrade native.
Nole won his 59th title, his 31th match against Top 10 players in his 15th final in a row, his 82th match overall. Can he do better? "I can improve", said Novak yesterday.