Roger Federer labels Novak Djokovic as the ATP Finals favorite

The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer did not have a chance to qualify for the ATP Finals this season, playing only five tournaments and struggling with an ongoing knee injury. Roger spoke about the premium ATP event in an interview from his home and labeled Novak Djokovic as the top favorite for Sunday’s title. Novak is through to his tenth ATP Finals semi-final, becoming the fourth player to achieve that and winning all six sets in the round-robin stage. Djokovic faces Alexander Zverev in the semi-final, seeking the first ATP Finals crown since 2015 and the sixth overall. After beating Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev in the opening two matches, Novak took down an alternate Cameron Norrie 6-2, 6-1 in 66 minutes to wrap up the robin-robin stage in style. Djokovic claimed all three round-robin wins for the sixth time (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018), looking good so far and continuing where he left in Paris. Norrie stood no chance against the world’s leading player, taking only 33 points and barely staying on the court for an hour.

Novak Djokovic is three from three at the ATP Finals so far.

Novak lost nine points behind the initial shot, fending off the only break point he faced to keep the serve intact and delivering five breaks from ten opportunities. Djokovic had the advantage in the shortest and more extended exchanges, taming his strokes nicely and controlling the pace right from the start to sail over the top. The Serb grabbed an early break and held with an ace for a 2-0 advantage. A left-hander got his name on the scoreboard in the third game before Djokovic closed the next one with a service winner to stay ahead.

In the fifth game, Novak earned a break at love to extend the lead and wrapped up the set with an ace down the T line in game eight for 6-2 in 28 minutes. Djokovic broke at the beginning of the second set and saved that lone break point in game two. The world’s leading player seized the fourth game with a volley winner and converted the third break chance in the next one to move 4-1 in front. Rushing towards the finish line, Djokovic brought the sixth game home with a volley winner and broke with another a few minutes later to seal the deal and remain on the title course.

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