ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS RESULTS
The Serb rattles through his opening service game to love. A lengthy rally ends with Djokovic putting a backhand long and Murray follows that with an ace down the centre, it's challenged but is shown to be a good. Djokovic unhappy as flash puts him off and hands Murray the game. After the entrance music and smoke machines, Murray wins the toss and elects to serve first. Interestingly that's the first time Djokovic has followed Murray on court as a professional.
The Scot will need a fast start and getting on the board early with serve could be a good psychological way of doing it. In Murray and Djokovic's last 16 meetings, only once has the winner of the first set not gone on to win the match. Murray and Djokovic are just doing the pre-match interviews and they'll be on court in a matter of minutes. The equation is simple this evening, with points for the victor, it's winner takes all at the O2. You would expect Murray to come out with all guns blazing — he is not going to want to get sucked into a war of attrition with the much fresher-legged Djokovic.
The bookies make the Serb on favourite, and after yesterday that may be right, although he does not always react well when a partisan crowd is against him. This is the first time the year-end No 1 has been on the line at the Tour Finals, making tonight an even bigger occasion. Greg Rusedski said beating Djokovic this evening would be Murray's 'biggest ever achievement', quite the statement considering this a player who has won Wimbledon twice, the US Open, two Olympic golds and of course the Davis Cup.
Born a week apart, perhaps it was destiny that one day Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray would finish a season with a match contesting the year-end world 1 position.
On Sunday, for the first time ever, the two players who have shared the vast majority of the spoils this season will be able to settle the argument about who deserves to be at the top of the rankings. The climax to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will be a battle of hearts and minds, and of two bodies that will be in very contrasting shape.
Murray needed to spend more than three hours doing recovery work after an epic victory over Milos Raonic that took three hours and 36 minutes, the kind of marathon that has become his trademark this season. As I'm sure you are aware this is a battle not just for the crown in London but perhaps more significantly also the prized year-end world No 1 position. The two gladiators in the middle are of course tennis' two pre-eminent male stars: The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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Murray wins in straight set , ! A Djokovic unforced error, his 28th, hands Murray an early advantage. Deuce A huge first serve gives Murray another shot at victory. Ad The first serve goes into the net and Djokovic punishes the second serve. Deuce Another first serve goes into the net. Ad Again on second serve but this time Djokovic's aggressive return goes wide.
Djokovic hold but Murray will serve for the titlle. Big test for Murray now. Looks like he has prodded the sleeping lion. Murray holds and that is big, he's now just a game away. The stars are all out, some bigger than others. A routine hold for Djoko and the pressure is on Murray. An early scare for Murray Stuart Fraser has a keen eye for a stat. Mike's views as Murray breaks early in the second. Murray breaks in the first game of the second. Djokovic steps it up with a couple of big first serves to draw level.
Ad A backhand battles ends with Djoko firing into the net. An update from courtside at the O2 Arena. Crowd quite rowdy, could get to Djokovic. Djokovic battles to hold as Murray can't take his chances. D-D Djokovic comes in to shorten the point and despite Murray firing low over the net the Serb shows great touch to drop a winner over.
Bizarre from Djokovic at Adv as he lets Murray's return go. Another Murray return goes long. This one is a bit more straightforward for Murray.
Zverev, 20, got a grip on his game early in the second, a superb wrong-footing forehand helping him break for , and Sock's challenge faded inexplicably over the next five games. The German looked set to take his expected pace in the semis when he fought back from down to level in the decider, with Sock picking up a point penalty for furiously firing another ball into the air, but the American clinched the last two games to extend his surprise run.
Won the second set I was with a break. He got a point penalty. I was down within 10 minutes where I didn't put many balls in the court. Sock's calling card has always been his heavily spun forehand, but he has shown here in London that there is a lot more to his game. Some exquisite volleying and some clutch serving got him out of tight spots against Zverev - as did the release of firing a couple of balls high into the stands.
Sock was docked a point for his second offence but remained the steadier down the stretch to become the first American to reach the semi-finals of this event since Andy Roddick in Not bad for a man who did not think he could qualify for London when he arrived in Paris - only to win the final event of the regular season. Federer and Cilic met for the first time since a one-sided Wimbledon final, which saw the Swiss win a 19th Grand Slam title as Cilic struggled with a blister on his foot.
The Croat put up sterner resistance for the better part of two sets at the O2 Arena, before Federer ran away with the contest, winning eight of the last nine games. Federer could have made shorter work of it had he converted one of three break points in the opening game but Cilic clung on, and a beautiful backhand volley at in the tie-break saw the fifth seed edge ahead.
A break point early in the second set offered real opportunity for Cilic but Federer stood firm at the net, and once he finally broke serve to take the second set there was only one winner. Federer won successive titles in and before Novak Djokovic captured his first Tennis Masters Cup in After Nikolay Davydenko won the edition, Federer claimed the trophy for a fifth time in , equaling the mark of most individual titles set by Lendl and Sampras.
He followed that up with another win in , setting the event record with his sixth championship. With just eight players qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals, the format of the event is structured differently than regular tour tournaments. At the World Tour Finals, the entrants are placed into two groups of four players, with round-robin match play determining the four semifinalists top two finishers from each group and the format thereafter being a single-elimination competition.
All matches are best-of-three, tiebreak sets, including the final. A selection list for the event includes: The top-eight players in the selection list qualify for the event as direct acceptances.
All direct acceptances must be available for play through the completion of the round-robin competition and the knockout competition, if eligible.
Any withdrawal is replaced by the next highest positioned player on the selection list. Part of a larger O2 entertainment complex on the Greenwich peninsula in London, the arena was opened in after three years of construction that redeveloped the Millennium Dome venue that housed the Millennium Experience in the city.
With an overall diameter of meters and a volume equal to two of London's old Wembley Stadiums, the O2 Arena is the second largest arena in the United Kingdom. Various seating arrangements can be set up for events at the arena, which can hold a maximum capacity of 20,