Federer and Djokovic advance to the final in London

Updated: November 12, 2012

Roger Federer provided a timely reminder that he remains in the hunt for the big events despite approaching his 32nd birthday. The Swiss advanced to a final showdown with Novak Djokovic with a straight sets win over Andy Murray. Earlier Djokovic advanced following a 3 set win over Argentine Del Potro.

It was sweet revenge for the 17 times grand slam champion, considering Murray denied him of Olympic glory earlier this season. Federer was Majestic in his 7-6, 6-3 win advancing to his 8th final in 11 years.

Novak Djokovic earlier had booked his place in the final when he defeated 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 6-3 6-2. Djokovic broke a faltering Del Potro’s serve twice in the second and third sets and surged to victory after winning 11 of the last 14 games.

Today’s final appropriately features the years top two players, Djokovic with five tournament wins, including the Australian Open, and three Masters series titles, which has seen the Serbian reclaim the top ranking. Djokovic knows what it takes to lift the season ending show piece when he defeated Davydenko in the final at the 2008 event.

Federer has also enjoyed a pretty successful season considering many pundits had written the 31 year old Swiss off. The 17 times Grand Slam champion has also lifted three Master Series titles to go with another Wimbledon Championship in 2012, reclaiming the no. 1 ranking earlier in the season. Federer has a superb record at the World Tour Finals having qualified for the last eleven consecutive years, and won it on six occasions. If he can beat Djokovic he will also become the first player since Ivan Lendl in 1987 to win 3 consecutive titles.

Head to head, the Swiss has the edge having defeated Djokovic 16 times to the Serbian’s 12 wins. More poignantly it is honours even in 2012, both with 2 wins a piece.

Djokovic starts as favourite @ 5/8 with Federer @ 13/10.