Djokovic wins season ending showpiece

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Updated: November 12, 2012

The curtain came down on the 2012 tennis season in spectacular fashion at the World Tour Finals in London, as Novak Djokovic denied Roger Federer a 7th title, in the season ending showpiece.

It was the last match of the season, and the top two players in the world delivered an exhibition of excellence, in an extremely high quality game of tennis. Novak Djokovic might not have been able to repeat his extraordinary year of 2011, however to cap it with victory in London, his 6th win of the year, is just reward for the world no.1.

Federer himself has been back to his best in 2012, with 71 wins, 10 finals and 6 tournament wins of his own, however on the night he just couldn’t match the Serb on the points that counted the most. Djokovic eventually walked out of the shadow of Federer in a tournament he has made his own, with a 7-6, 7-5 win, in one of the matches of the year. Just to highlight how close the match really was, over 2 hours and 40 minutes, Djokovic won 96 points to Federer’s 95, such a fine line between success and failure.

The quality, intensity and skill was on display in its pomp in London, its almost criminal somebody has to lose. Unfortunately for the Swiss it had to be him, and on reflection he will leave very disappointed that in both sets he squandered opportunities to serve them out. Looking at it like that, he could have walked away the winner for the third consecutive time, however it simply wasn’t meant to be his time.

Two great champions, only one winner, Novak Djokovic.  He started the year with a Grand Slam win and finished with the Tour final win.