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Djokovic takes down Federer

2013-11-02 18:18
Novak Djokovic (AFP)

Paris - Novak Djokovic has extended his winning streak to 16 matches as he came back from a set down to defeat Roger Federer on Saturday and reach the final of the Paris Masters.

The six-time Grand Slam winner, who last suffered defeat in the US Open final against Rafael Nadal, overcame an inspired Federer before finally taking victory 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in just over two hours.

He now takes on either Nadal or David Ferrer in Sunday's final at the Bercy arena, as well as keeping his chances alive of reclaiming the world number one spot.

The 26-year-old Belgrade native had to reach the final in the French capital to have a chance of snatching back top spot from Nadal at next week's World Tour Finals.

"Every time we play it's a great match, challenging and intense," said Djokovic.

"He was better than me in the first set and it wasn't easy.

"I just had to stay confident and focussed and wait for my chances.

"I was serving well and just kept patient and in the end it paid off," he added.

Federer whose only ATP victory this season was on grass at Halle admitted he was beaten by the better man.

"I think it was a tough match, you know, in quick conditions.

"I think I started well, and I was able to keep it up for some time.

"I don't quite remember the second set, how it all unfolded. It's a bit of a blur right now. I had my chances, and it's a pity.

"Did I miss a volley there? I thought on the one breakpoint it was going to go out, and at the end, you know, I just I left a ball, but who knows if that would have made a difference or not," continued the 17-time Grand Slam winner.

"But Novak was playing good tennis, as well, I thought.

"He had spells where he's serving better, serving worse, so that sometimes made it easier or harder to break.

"I had my chances, you know, second and third set.

"Disappointed right now, but overall it was a good week for me." said Federer.

Federer took the first set in dramatic fashion when he saved four break points at 5-4 up before converting his second set point when the Serb overhit a backhand that flew out the back of the court.

The decisive moment of that opening set came as early as the third game, when Federer broke to go 2-1 up with a deft drop shot that Djokovic chased down only to stab the ball into the net.

It was only the second time in 36 service games since the tournament began that the Australian Open champion had been broken.

Federer endured some tense moments as the set followed serve but the Swiss maestro, who was meeting Djokovic for the first time since the World Tour Finals last year in London, saved all four break points against him before finally claiming the opening set 6-4 in 46 minutes.

It got worse for Djokovic as he was broken again to open the second set when Federer found the line with a passing shot but then he importantly hit back to take Federer's serve for the first time in the match to level at 1-1.

Djokovic was gaining in momentum and got the break he needed to win the second set when Federer planted a routine volley into the net to go 2-4 down.

The 2009 Paris champion then held comfortably in his next two service games to close out the set 6-3 and level the match.

An expected tight final set developed into a one-sided affair as Djokovic grew in strength and broke twice to take the match as he moved closer to a sixth title of the season.


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