Djokovic delivers in tight encounter

Updated: November 8, 2012

The rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray delivered another exciting chapter in 2012 at the O2 arena in London yesterday. In a titanic battle, the world no.1 prevailed in 3 sets, while in the later clash, also in Group A, Tomas Berdych overpowered Tsonga,  leaving the second qualification spot open.

Australian Open champion Djokovic came from behind to beat the U.S. Open and Olympic titlist Murray 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, in 2 hours, 34 minutes. Djokovic is now 4-3 against his good friend Murray this year and 10-7 in their career meetings.


Also on Wednesday, fifth seed Tomas Berdych outlasted seventh-seeded Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in 1 hour, 52 minutes. Both players swatted nine aces and the Czech Berdych broke Tsonga three times, compared to only one break for the French loser.


The former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych also topped the former Aussie Open runner-up Tsonga in a final in Stockholm and in a quarterfinal at the Shanghai Masters last month.

This week’s four-player Group A features Djokovic (2-0), Murray (1-1), Berdych (1-1) and Tsonga (0-2), while Group B boasts Federer (1-0), David Ferrer (1-0), Juan Martin del Potro (0-1) and Janko Tipsarevic (0-1). The top-two players from each group will play in the semifinals on Sunday, and the winners will square off in the lucrative finale Monday in London.

Thursday’s round-robin affairs will pit a second-seeded Federer against a fourth-seeded Ferrer and a sixth-seeded del Potro versus an eighth-seeded Tipsarevic. Federer is a six-time Tour Finals champion, including wins in the last two championship matches. Ferrer lost to Federer in the 2007 final in Shanghai. Del Potro was a Tour Finals runner-up in 2009.