Djokovic floored by Ferrer, Berdych hangs on
23 Nov 2011:
© Reuters


David Ferrer of Spain
David Ferrer, the lesser known Spaniard in the ATP World Tour Finals, burst out of Rafa Nadal's shadow to reach the last four on Wednesday with a demolition job on world number one Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena.

While Nadal's place in the semi-finals is still in doubt after his thrashing at the hands of Roger Federer on Tuesday, world number five Ferrer made sure he will be around at the weekend with a 6-3 6-1 defeat of the year's outstanding player.

In the day's other match, Czech Tomas Berdych saved a match point against Djokovic's fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic to seal a 2-6 6-3 7-6 victory which means the calculators may be needed to decide who finishes runner-up in Group A on Friday.

The complications mean Djokovic could beat Davis Cup team mate Tipsarevic, a stand-in for injured Briton Andy Murray, and still fail to go through while a defeat, providing Ferrer beats Berdych, would see him survive.

Whatever the maths, Djokovic said he would need to play "50 percent" better in his next match.

"I have no words to explain this match," Djokovic, who went on a 41-match winning rampage at the start of the year and claimed three of the year's four majors, told reporters.

"Nothing was going well. I don't play at least 50 percent better than I did tonight, I don't think I'll have any chance. You always hope that tomorrow will bring something better."

In front of another sell-out crowd in the 17,500-capacity arena, Djokovic began solidly enough as the first six games of the match went with serve.

However, when the terrier-like Ferrer raced across court on break point to whip a forehand down the line that caught his opponent flat-footed at the net, the match ceased to become a real contest as the 29-year-old from Valencia ran way with it.

He broke the Djokovic serve again to win the opening set and he needed nothing spectacular in the second set as Djokovic offered little resistance. The Serb's mounting unforced error tally spoke volumes.

"I'm embarrassed to look at the stats," Djokovic, who made 33 unforced errors, said. "All credit to my opponent, he played a great match but, you know, I wasn't there."

SKEWED VOLLEY

World number nine Tipsarevic, one of the year's most improved players, can no longer reach the semi-finals after his defeat by Berdych although he can content himself with his $70,000 fee for being an alternate and the $120,000 participation fee after replacing the injured Andy Murray.

He should also have banked another $120,000 for a round-robin victory but a skewed volley on match point in the deciding set tiebreaker proved extremely costly.

Berdych looked set for a second consecutive defeat, after his three-set loss to Djokovic on Monday, when Tipsarevic turned the breaker round to lead 6-5 on serve.

He struck lucky though as Tipsarevic let him off the hook.

First the bearded Serb's backhand volley went inches wide of the sideline on match point.

He followed that with a crazy double fault and the match ended painfully when he stumbled over trying to return a Berdych serve. In trying to get to his feet he fell again and ended up in a heap as a relieved Berdych played the ball away into an empty court.

Tipsarevic hobbled off after whacking his knee on the court although he said he would be okay to play Djokovic.

"If I have gotten the chance one more time, I would still take that ball early and go to the net and play the volley," said the Serb who began the year ranked 49th in the world.

"I am not honestly at all disappointed because of the way I played on the match point.

"My feeling now is that I will be ready for practice tomorrow afternoon."

Berdych was just happy to still be in with a shout.

"I was a bit unlucky on Monday but I got luckier here," he said. "There is still a good chance to qualify and go through. So we will see."

In Group B Federer has already guaranteed a top-two place and he will be joined in the semis by the winner of Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who face off on Thursday evening.

Frenchman Tsonga is expecting a backlash from Nadal after his humiliating 6-3 6-0 defeat by Federer.

"Rafa is a champion, he has pride," Tsonga told Reuters. "Such a defeat will be stuck in his throat. He's hit but not sunk. It's like when you hunt. If you miss the boar, you just run away."



All copyrights are to their respective owners.
No license is given to reproduce any material from this page without prior consent.
Related links:  ATP World Tour Finals - London 2011 - Roger Federer - Novak Djokovic - Tomas Berdych - David Ferrer
Related Pages:  ????? - ?????? - ??????? ?????? - ??????? - ??????
News on:  ATP World Tour Finals - London 2011 - Roger Federer - Novak Djokovic - Tomas Berdych - David Ferrer
 
Latest Tennis News
 14 Sep:  No grand slam winners but France have impressive depth :  France have a real chance of beating Switzerland in the Davis Cup final, even if Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will stand in their way....
 14 Sep:  Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff victory :  Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday, winning the crucial fifth rubber of their playoff to...
 12 Sep: Murray enters Beijing event as points chase heats up:  Andy Murray on Friday took a wildcard entry into this month's China Open as the world number 11 Scot tries to get back in ...
 12 Sep: Gasquet guides France into 1-0 command over Czech Davis Cup holders:  Richard Gasquet got France off to a quick 1-0 start against holders Czech Republic on Friday with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 defeat ...
 10 Sep: Nishikori to return to Kooyong for Australian Open final prep:  US Open finalist Kei Nishikori will return to the January Kooyong Classic to defend his title at the event which signed a...
 10 Sep: Top seed Lisicki reaches quarters; Hantuchova makes sweaty HK start:  German top seed Sabine Lisicki crushed American Grace Min 6-1, 6-1 on a steamy Wednesday to advance into the quarter-finals of the...
9 Sep: Croatia celebrate Cilic US Open victory
9 Sep: Croatian Cilic overwhelms Nishikori to win US Open title
6 Sep:  Cilic upsets Federer in second U.S. Open shocker
6 Sep: Peng collapses with cramps to send Wozniacki into US Open final
6 Sep:  Bouchard, Peng defections hit new WTA Hong Kong event hard
6 Sep: Nishikori makes Asian tennis history history, places in Open final
2 Sep: Envious Williams truly wants to ębelieve in the sleeve
2 Sep: Tearful Peng beats Bencic for open semi-final place
1 Sep: Defender Serena Williams reaches quarter-finals
1 Sep: Djokovic downs Kohlschhreiber as New York momentum builds
31 Aug:  Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, and Ferrer falls at U.S. Open
31 Aug: Murray content to let Mauresmo coaching relationship mature
Rafael Nadal - SpainNovak Djokovic - Serbia
18 Aug: Nadal withdraws from US Open with wrist injury
16 Aug: Nadal delays decision on US Open participation
26 Jun:  Canadians impress but remain divided on Wimbledon's grass
24 Jun:  Nadal determined to make his mark in Wimbledon first round
6 Sep: Nishikori makes Asian tennis history history, places in Open final
1 Sep: Djokovic downs Kohlschhreiber as New York momentum builds
28 Aug:  No sweat as Djokovic eases into third round
23 Aug:  Djokovic looks forward to life as a dad
Roger Federer - SwitzerlandAndy Murray - United Kingdom
14 Sep:  No grand slam winners but France have impressive depth
6 Sep:  Cilic upsets Federer in second U.S. Open shocker
27 Aug:  Federer has rich array of options for the future
21 Aug:  List of U.S. Open men's singles winners
12 Sep: Murray enters Beijing event as points chase heats up
31 Aug: Murray content to let Mauresmo coaching relationship mature
29 Aug: Murray team still puzzling over US Open cramping attack
25 Aug: Cramping Murray plays through pain for opening NY win
Serena Williams - United StatesMaria Sharapova - Russia
1 Sep: Defender Serena Williams reaches quarter-finals
28 Aug: Serena slams King to power into Open third round
25 Aug: Holder Williams leads WTA rankings into US Open
21 Aug:  Williams looking to wave American flag again
31 Aug:  Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, and Ferrer falls at U.S. Open
28 Aug: Sharapova sweet on her post-tennis business career
7 Jun:  Queen of endurance Sharapova wins in it three ... hours
7 Jun:  Sharapova floors Halep to win second French Open title
David Ferrer - SpainVictoria Azarenka - Belarus
31 Aug: Simons slams Ferrer as Spaniard runs out of puff in New York
16 Aug: Ferrer breezes into Cincinnati final
4 Jun:  Nadal devours Ferrer after shaky start to reach last four
29 May:  Stephens lifts U.S. spirits at French Open, Ferrer powers on
12 Aug: Azarenka pulls from Cincinnati with knee injury
19 May:  Azarenka out of French Open due to foot injury
22 Jan: Radwanska ends Azarenka reign at Melbourne Park
22 Jan: Azarenka follows Djokovic out the door in Melbourne
Juan Martin Del Potro - ArgentinaCarolina Wozniacki - Denmark
15 Aug: Del Potro out of US Open as wrist recovery continues
22 Mar:  Del Potro to have wrist surgery, miss season
16 Jan: Del Potro crashes out in second round
8 Jan: Del Potro stands firm as seeds tumble in Sydney
6 Sep: Peng collapses with cramps to send Wozniacki into US Open final
31 Aug:  Wozniacki upsets Sharapova, and Ferrer falls at U.S. Open
16 Aug: Williams rallies into second straight Cincinnati final
27 May:  Wozniacki loses on return after engagement heartache
Tomas Berdych - Czech RepublicJo-Wilfried Tsonga - France
12 Sep: Gasquet guides France into 1-0 command over Czech Davis Cup holders
9 May:  Nadal coasts past Berdych into Madrid semis
4 May:  Qualifier Klizan and Berlocq grab unexpected titles
29 Mar:  Berdych follows Nishikori and withdraws from Miami
12 Aug: Tsonga running on empty in opening Cincinnati loss
11 Aug: Tsonga aims to ride his winning hardcourt wave in Cincinnati
10 Aug:  Tsonga caps week of upsets with win over Federer and title
9 Aug: Tsonga takes aim at more Masters success with win into Toronto final
Agnieszka Radwanska - PolandPetra Kvitova - Czech Republic
27 Aug: China's Peng knocks out fourth seed Radwanska
10 Aug:  Radwanska eases past Venus Williams to win Rogers Cup
10 May:  Sharapova ousts Radwanska to claim Madrid final berth
26 Mar:  Cibulkova upsets Radwanska to reach Miami semis
30 Aug:  Kvitova joins upset list in loss to Krunic
26 Aug:  Kvitova, Bouchard steamroll into second round at U.S. Open
13 Aug:  Williams battles on in Cincinnati, Kvitova falls
25 Mar:  Sharapova closes in on return trip to Miami final
Na Li - ChinaStanislas Wawrinka - Switzerland
27 Jun:  Li toppled and Djokovic tumbles on Wimbledon's grass
27 May:  Australian Open champion Li beaten at French Open
9 May:  Sharapova through in Madrid, injured Serena out
29 Mar:  Williams beats Li to claim seventh Miami title
7 Aug:  Top seeds Djokovic, Wawrinka fall in Toronto
29 May:  Wawrinka given wildcard into Queen's Club tournament
26 May:  Australian Open champion Wawrinka knocked out in Paris
23 May:  Wawrinka is now part of 'Big Five', says Djokovic
Samantha Stosur - AustraliaAna Ivanovic - Serbia
26 Aug:  Kvitova, Bouchard steamroll into second round at U.S. Open
1 Jun:  Sharapova grinds down Stosur to reach French Open last eight
26 May:  Stosur stitched up after gym work goes wrong
3 Nov 2013: Romanian Halep fights back to see off Stosur
17 Aug: Williams claims 62nd career title with Cincinnati breakthrough win
14 Jun:  Slow-burning Ivanovic reaches Birmingham final
12 Jun:  Top seed Ivanovic through in Birmingham but Stosur ousted
27 Apr:  Sharapova fights back to win Stuttgart title
Venus Williams - United StatesJohn Isner - United States
29 Aug:  Errani triumphs over Venus after unforgettable moment
10 Aug:  Radwanska eases past Venus Williams to win Rogers Cup
9 Aug:  Venus upsets Serena to reach Rogers Cup final
28 May:  Schmiedlova beats Venus to spoil Williams family party
16 Mar:  Federer and Djokovic to meet in Indian Wells final
3 Mar:  Agassi would like to solve Isner riddle, but in no rush to become a coach
31 Jan:  Young replaces Isner for Davis Cup tie in San Diego
31 Oct 2013: Djokovic wins in a fightback to reach Paris quarter-finals