Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ATP World Tour Finals: Days 3-4

Group A
D. Ferrer d. N. Djokovic 6-3 6-1
T. Berdych d. J. Tipsarevic 2-6 6-3 7-6(6)

Group B
R. Federer d. R. Nadal 6-3 6-0
J. Tsonga d. M. Fish 7-6(4) 6-1

It's been an odd couple of days at the World Tour Finals. The biggest news is Murray being forced to withdraw due to a groin injury undoubtedly disappointing his hometown crowd yet again. But his withdrawal suddenly became yesterday's news as two match results stunned the tennis world as both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic went down in two lopsided straight sets to Roger Federer and David Ferrer respectively. Nadal's ownage of Federer is well known, but Federer has dominated their H2H on this surface and especially at this event so the shocking result isn't too impossible. No one really knows what happened with Djokovic to go down so meekly to the gutsy Spaniard. His great year seems to be ending with a whimper.

By virtue of their second straight wins, Federer and Ferrer both qualify for the semifinals no matter what happens in their next round robin matches. Tsonga and Berdych kept their hopes alive by winning their second matches, the latter saving a match point against Tipsarevic (who replaced Murray). The winner of Tsonga-Nadal will join Federer in the semifinals while there are more than a few scenarios to determine whether Djokovic or Berdych will join Ferrer. Good times.

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