Press Esc to close
Monday 06 July 2015
News updated at 12:29 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Djokovic seals semifinal spot

LONDON, November 9, 2012, Reuters:

Bhupathi-Bopanna in last four

Novak Djokovic completed a 100 per cent round-robin record at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) defeat of Czech Tomas Berdych on Friday booking his place in the semifinals.

The Serb followed his defeats of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray with another clinical performance in front of a 17,000 sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena guaranteeing top spot in Group A.

World number three Murray is expected to join Djokovic in the semifinals.

Berdych, who led 6-3 in the second set tie-break, is eliminated.  Djokovic, who will end a second successive year at the top of the rankings, dominated the opening set against an opponent he had beaten in 10 of their previous 11 meetings, breaking serve twice.

He also broke early in the second set but Berdych hit back immediately and pushed the Serb all the way thereafter.

The Czech suddenly began to force his opponent out of position with some ferocious baseline hitting.   Djokovic was made to sweat to hold serve at 5-6 and when Berdych thundered down an ace to earn three set points in the tie-break a decider looked imminent.

The Serb then showed his mettle again, winning the next two points before benefitting from a poor Berdych error to level it at 6-6.  Djokovic completed victory on his first match point when his opponent ballooned a forehand long after one hour 37 minutes.

Roger Federer has already reached the semifinals from Group B while Janko Tipsarevic became the first player eliminated after a second defeat on Thursday.

Federer’s spot was confirmed after he beat Spain’s David Ferrer who is now vying with Juan Martin del Potro for the other semifinal spot from Group B after the towering Argentine pummelled Serbia's Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4.

Tipsarevic, who pulled out of the Paris Masters last week after feeling unwell and hardly practised since arriving, has managed eight games in four sets and cannot reach the semifinals even if he beats Ferrer in his final round-robin match.

“I'm playing horrible, I'm playing worse than horrible, I'm playing the worst tennis that I played in a long time,” was the Serb's brutally honest assessment of his tournament so far.

Del Potro, beaten by Ferrer in his first match, will probably need to beat Federer in his final group match.

Against Tipsarevic, itt was hardly the most taxing night for Del Potro and the Argentine remained on court for a little extra practice after his victory with Manchester City soccer player and compatriot Sergio Aguero who had been watching from the stands.

Three years ago when Del Potro reached the final another Manchester City striker, Carlos Tevez, provided a hitting partner while he waited to find out if he had qualified for the semifinals.

Hesh-Bopanna in semis

India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna knocked out defending champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor to qualify for the semifinals.

The fifth seeded Indian pair fought tooth and nail for a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 10-5 win.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523