Bit of a flop final here for the Fedmeister as Djokovic beat him handily 6-3 6-4 to win his fourth straight title in London and arguably record the best ever season on the ATP tour of all time.
The win sees Djokovic move 5-3 ahead in the H2H for the year and he's come out on top in 2015 by playing rock solid tennis when it matters most. Today he did a great job of pouncing on Federer's nervy first set to move up through the gears and eventually just coast over the line with his relentless groundstrokes and won 84% of points behind his second serve.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve, saving a break point as Djokovic began his assault of deep baseline hitting early. The Swiss then had a break point of his own, but couldn't convert as Djokovic levelled. Game 3 saw Roger face yet another break point when Djokovic produced a quality pass and he took it when Roger netted a forehand. A high risk inside in shot off a looping Djokovic forehand.
Djokovic then consolidated but it wasn't long before Roger had another chance to restore parity, this time he was wasteful, playing tentative groundstrokes that let Nole get out of jail. That proved to be Roger's last chance as Djokovic held and then sealed the set just 2 games later as he broke to take it 6-3.
An immediate response was needed from Fed in set 2 and to his credit he came up with 2 bits of brilliance at 1-1 30-0 and 40-15 with 2 insane points but whilst spectacular viewing they didn't get him the game.
At 2-2 Roger then missed an easy volley on the first point of the Djokovic serve when he looked to be building some momentum. That well and truly killed it off as Djokovic held for 3-2. Roger then made a statement hold from 0-15 to level but Djokovic responded to lead 4-3.
With the pressure back on Fed, he slipped to 0-40 to give Djokovic virtual match points, as we've seen many times though he responded in style, saving all three and winning 5 points in a row to level. Would the missed chances effect Djokovic? Not one bit as he held to love, although we don't really know as Fed failed to put a return in play 😉
Serving to stay in the match Roger sprayed a wild forehand to slip to 0-15 for the third game in a row, he then netted a backhand after a 32 shot rally for 0-30, won the next point but then wasn't expecting Djokovic to make a backhand out wide so dumped the volley into the net to slip to 15-40, he saved one match point but then double faulted on the next to hand Djokovic the win 😆
|R. Federer||N. Djokovic|
|1st Serve %||64%||66%|
|1st Serve Points Won||27/38 (71%)||23/37 (62%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||9/21 (43%)||16/19 (84%)|
|Break Points Saved||6/9 (67%)||2/2 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||10||9|
|1st Return Points Won||14/37 (38%)||11/38 (29%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||3/19 (16%)||12/21 (57%)|
|Break Points Won||0/2 (0%)||3/9 (33%)|
|Return Games Played||9||10|
|Net Points Won||14/21||2|
|Total Service Points Won||36/59 (61%)||39/56 (70%)|
|Total Return Points Won||17/56 (30%)||23/59 (39%)|
|Total Points Won||53/115 (46%)||62/115 (54%)|
Thoughts on the Match
A disappointing match and result for Federer here as he never really turned up. He had one chance in game 2 of set 1 where Djokovic hadn't quite settled but he spurned it and that allowed Novak to get going. In fact by the end of Set 1 Djoker was was in full control of things and had Federer playing reactive tennis from the baseline.
For me it was disappointing because the Serb played relatively safe tennis throughout but it was still more than enough to get it done and it really shouldn't be. Obviously there's little assistance from the courts here for Fed in terms of pace, but he was missing way too often and then ended up looking for shots that just weren't there. Djokovic never had to get out his comfort zone from the baseline whereas Federer always looked like a guy under pressure. Yes we saw some pretty special points from him but they came at some of the least important moments and never really provided a springboard for him to make a move or break serve. More often than not he was pegged onto the baseline having to try withstand Djokovic's deep hitting and there's no way he can come out on top from there.
But what can you put it down to? Nerves? Bad day at the office? Djokovic just being too good? Who knows. Only Fed knows what he could and couldn't do out there today. All I know is that after pulling off that awesome hold from 0-40 to then make 3 tame errors that allowed Djokovic to hold to love for 5-4 isn't going to see you come out on the good side of things. Fed's talked a lot about committed tennis this year, he played it on Tuesday in the Round Robin but just not today unfortunately and that stopped him from at the very least making it a closer encounter.
Let me know what you thought of the match in the comments.