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Djokovic beats Federer to win at ATP finals

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Novak Djokovic kisses he winner's trophy after he defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 in their singles final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals, in the O2 arena in London, yesterday.


As usual this season, Novak Djokovic was the best player on the court.

The top-ranked Serb won his fourth straight title at the season-ending ATP finals yesterday by beating six-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles this year and reached the final in the other, capped the best season of his career with another superb display, including winning 16 of the 19 points on his second serve and saving both break points that he faced.

"I couldn't ask for a better finish of the season," Djokovic said. "For some reason or another, I've been playing some of my best tennis after the US Open in Asia and also indoors, both Paris and London."




Federer beat Djokovic on Tuesday in the group stage, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion made too many mistakes in the final yesterday. Federer ended up with 31 unforced errors, including 15 from his usually reliable forehand.

He even gave away the final point with his second double-fault of the match.

"It would have been nice to serve a little bit better early on in the match, play better overall on his second serve, because he does allow you to play on his second serve," said Federer, who lost to Djokovic in the 2012 final and pulled out of last year's championship match against the Serb with a back injury. "Maybe at times I went for too much."

Federer finishes his season with a 6-5 record in finals, with all five losses to Djokovic. Two of those came at Wimbledon and the US Open, giving Djokovic his ninth and 10th major titles.

For Djokovic, it was a season to remember.

Besides becoming the first man to win four straight titles at the tournament for the top eight players in the world, Djokovic also will finish the season as the No. 1 player for the fourth time in five years. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and reached the final at the French Open.

The latest victory, his 82nd of the year, evens the head-to-head record against Federer as 22-22. On Saturday in the semi-finals, he evened his head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal at 23-23.

"Those two rivalries made me a better player, the player I am today, no doubt," Djokovic said. "Made me understand what I need to do both on and off the court to be able to be in this position now."