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Sport Federer eliminates Djokovic from ATP Finals to hand Nadal year-end number one

00:15  15 november  2019
00:15  15 november  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

'Zverev can get it together for ATP Finals'

  'Zverev can get it together for ATP Finals' Alexander Zverev has the ability to defend his title at the ATP Finals in London, according to former world No 4 Nicolas Kiefer. Zverev joined Roger Federer's Team8 management company earlier this year and the move is seen as a positive stepping stone for the 22-year-old.Despite a poor campaign from Zverev which has seen him win just one ATP title in Geneva, his German compatriot Kiefer believes the former world No 3 can rekindle the kind of form which saw him win the biggest title of his career last year.

With Novak Djokovic falling to Roger Federer at the ATP Finals on Thursday, Rafael Nadal clinched the year - end No. 1 ranking for the second time in The Spaniard is bidding to triumph at the season finale in London for the first time, but will need to win Friday against Stefanos Tsitsipas to have a shot

Roger Federer avenged his Wimbledon final defeat by dumping Novak Djokovic out of the ATP Finals on Thursday night, handing Rafael Nadal the The Swiss served at his metronomic best as he ended a five-match losing streak against the Serb and ensured he maintained the record total of ATP Finals

Roger Federer holding a racket: Roger Federer eliminated Novak Djokovic from the ATP Finals © Getty Images Roger Federer eliminated Novak Djokovic from the ATP Finals

Roger Federer triumphed in a win-or-bust ATP Finals encounter with Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena on Thursday, meaning Rafael Nadal will end 2019 as the world number one.

Six-time champion Federer was in fine fettle as he restricted the rallies to seal an impressive 6-4 6-3 victory over Djokovic, ensuring it was he who qualified from Group Bjorn Borg behind Dominic Thiem.

The Serbian's defeat – his first in six meetings with the 38-year-old – ended his hopes of regaining top spot in the rankings from Nadal, who only replaced him last week.

Classy Thiem beats Federer on opening night in London

  Classy Thiem beats Federer on opening night in London Roger Federer was beaten by an impressive Dominic Thiem for a third time this season in London on Sunday.Thiem had beaten the 20-time grand slam champion twice this season and completed the hat-trick with a 7-5 7-5 victory at the O2 Arena on Sunday.

Defending ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev was in superb form as he overcame world number one While Novak Djokovic - who Nadal ousted at the top of the rankings last week - started in Nadal finally regained his composure, and after holding to end his losing streak, the 19-time grand Yet Zverev had victory in his sights, though he lost some control on his first serve to hand Nadal hope

Rafael Nadal 's bid to end the year as world number one falters with a straight-set loss to defending champion Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals . The Spaniard had not completed a tournament since September's US Open, withdrawing from Shanghai (left hand ) and the Paris semi- finals (abdominal)

Federer surrendered two championship points before falling to Djokovic in a thrilling five-set Wimbledon final in July, but he looked unbeatable as he clinched a first victory over the 16-time major winner since 2015.

Djokovic stayed cool to stave off a break point in game one but successive double faults put him under pressure in his next service game and Federer seized the initiative with a fierce backhand.

The match continued at a high pace – only five points in the opening set lasted for nine shots or more – and, after Djokovic battled back from 0-30 down to complete an essential hold in game nine, the Swiss sent down an ace to seal the set.

Nadal downed by defending London champion Zverev in ATP Finals

  Nadal downed by defending London champion Zverev in ATP Finals Defending ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev was in superb form as he overcame world number one Rafael Nadal in straight sets.Heading into this year's season finale with concerns over an abdominal problem, Nadal showed no signs of struggling with injury, but the world number one could still not handle Zverev on Monday.

Rafael Nadal says it is "obvious" that he wants Roger Federer to beat Novak Djokovic in their ATP Finals Nadal gave his hopes of finishing as year - end No 1 a significant boost when he fought back from 5-1 down and I depend on me to finish number one . Nor can it be doing calculations all day."

Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic in their crunch ATP Finals clash meaning Rafael Nadal will definitely end the year as world No 1 . Nadal was 640 ATP points ahead of Djokovic heading into the final event of the regular season at London's O2 Arena. However, both players lost one of their group

Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien © Getty Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

Federer kept the pressure on at the start of the second but was met with resistance as the world number two dug in to fight off a pair of break points with impressive work from the baseline.

Djokovic appeared to hurt his right elbow while stretching for the ball in game two yet seemed to be gaining momentum, only for a scintillating Federer forehand to deny him a chance to move 3-1 up.

REUTERS/Toby Melville © Reuters REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Swiss heeded his warning and pounced in the next game after a long forehand from Djokovic ended a baseline exchange on the second of three break points.

A pair of unforced errors helped hand Federer a trio of match points and he leapt into the air when Djokovic failed to get a volley over the net, completing a resounding win for the 19-time grand slam champion.

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Nadal: It means a lot to equal Federer, Djokovic .
Matching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for year-end number one rankings pleased Rafael Nadal.Federer's win over Djokovic at the ATP Finals on Thursday ensured Nadal would end the year as world number one for the fifth time in his career.

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