Rogerer Federer hands Novak Djokovic his first loss at the ATP World Tour Finals in 3 years.
The Swiss brought his top game to the O2 Arena on Tuesday, stopping Novak Djokovic’s ATP Finals winning streak at 15 by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-5, 6-2.
The win put Federer in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament for the 13th time in 14 appearances, and the twenty-second time he has beaten the world number one out of 43 encounters.
”I wouldn’t have picked it maybe before the tournament, just because of his really good record on the indoors, the year he’s had,” said Federer, who lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals.
”But then again, all day I felt good about my chances.”
Djokovic, meanwhile will still qualify for the semi-final by beating Tomas Berdych on Thursday.
His form dipped dramatically after a tight first set, with the Serb winning just 25% of points on his first serve and searching for his usual metronomic accuracy.
“You have those days when you are not feeling your best, not even close to the best,” said Djokovic.
“Credit to Roger for mixing up the pace, giving me always a different ball. He used the slice and spin very wisely. He served very efficiently.
“I made a lot of, lot of unforced errors. I just handed him the win, especially in the second set.”