All good things must come to an end.
Roger Federer snapped Novak Djokovic’s unblemished three-year run indoors to grab a slot in the semis of the ATP World Tour Finals.
Banking on a 7-5 and 6-2 tally, Federer made sure he will make it to the next round even with still one match left.
Prior to this loss, Djokovic has won his 38 previous indoor matches.
He will play Tomas Berdych on Thursday for a slim chance of barging into the top four. Federer on the other hand will meet Kei Nishikori of Japan. The latter defeated Berdych 7-5 3-6 6-3 in the afternoon.
“It’s always a thrill to come out here, more so against someone great like Novak. It’s a special night for tennis, and a cool atmosphere.”
The O2 Arena crowd filled with almost 18,000 fans were mostly rooting for Federer. But even the fans were shocked with their favorite winning the match with a straight-set win.
Before the loss, Djokovic, 28, has not tasted defeat elsewhere since his last loss to Federer in Cincinnati last August. His deadly form dipped after a tight first set.
“You have those days when you are not feeling your best, not even close to the best,” said Djokovic.
He gave credit to Federer for mixing up the pace, and for giving him a different ball always.
“He used the slice and spin very wisely. He served very efficiently. I made a lot of unforced errors, thus, I handed him the win, especially in the second set.”
Swiss national Federer fended off a break point in the opening salvo.
A tie-break was in the offing but Federer turned in an aggressive game that had him convert the second after missing a forehand in the first set point.
A barrage of attacks from the Serbian had the Swiss build a 2-0 lead in the second frame.
A fail attempt to barge back into the game had Djokovic handing Federer the win.
“The tactic was to mix it up. I just had to against Djokovic.”
“I hit well out wide today. I knew it was an important serve to get Novak off the court,” said Federer.