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Federer wins Wawrinka ATP Finals thriller

Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Roger Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the ATP Tour Finals decider, with the world’s top two surviving dramatic semi-finals at London’s O2 Arena.

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World No.2 Federer saved four match points on Saturday before defeating Stan Wawrinka 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6), while No.1 Djokovic emerged from his first serious test of the tournament with a 6-1 3-6 6-0 victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Federer looked down and out when Wawrinka served for the match in the final set, but the six-time champion responded superbly to book his ninth finals berth at the season-ending event.

Djokovic had swept through the group stage in imperious style, but was pushed harder by Nishikori, who became the first player to take a set off him since October, before a strong finish secured the Serb’s fourth finals appearance.

Djokovic, who has lifted the Tour Finals trophy three times, remains on course to become the first man to win the event three years in a row since Ivan Lendl in the 1980s.

The 27-year-old has won 31 successive indoor matches, including 14 at the Tour Finals.

“Kei was playing great and this has been the best season of his life but he made some crucial double-faults in the third set,” Djokovic said.

Federer held his nerve impressively despite an erratic performance in the best match of a tournament sorely lacking memorable encounters this year.

The 33-year-old has saved 11 match points in three winning causes this year, including against Gael Monfils at the US Open.

The 124th final of Federer’s illustrious career is a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final, which Djokovic won in five sets.

Federer has met his great rival on 36 occasions, winning 19, but the Serb has won their past three finals.

“I think I got lucky tonight. Stan played better from the baseline and that usually does the job on this court. But I kept fighting,” Federer said.

“It’s tough but I’m thrilled to be in another final in London.

“Novak is playing great tennis. It usually brings the best out of me. It’s going to be tough but I’ll give it a shot.”

Federer raced into the last four with three dominant group victories, losing only 13 games and peaking with a 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Andy Murray.

Wawrinka took the first set and, in a tense second, there were 11 successive holds of serve until two crucial errors gifted Federer the game and the set.

Federer immediately fell behind amid controversy in the final set.

With Wawrinka leading 30-0 on Federer’s serve, the world No.4’s shot was called out by a line judge, only for the umpire to reverse the call.

But Federer didn’t hear and, instead of challenging the decision, he played on thinking he had won the point, only to discover he was 0-40 down when he lost the next point.

Federer remained frustrated by the perceived injustice, adding more drama to a thrilling finale.

Wawrinka had three match points when he served for a place in the final at 5-4, but Federer saved them all and eventually broke back.

In the tiebreaker, Federer led 5-3, then had to save another match point before finally sealing a remarkable victory.

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