Djokovic to meet Federer in London final

Serb halts Nishikori's fightback in the World Tour Finals semi-finals; Federer beats Wawrinka to seal progress.

    Djokovic's unbeaten run in the group stages ensured he will end the year as number one [Getty Images]
    Djokovic's unbeaten run in the group stages ensured he will end the year as number one [Getty Images]

    Six-time champion Roger Federer survived a late-night Swiss semi-final thriller against Stanislas Wawrinka to set up an ATP World Tour Finals showdown against Novak Djokovic.

    After a week of one-sided group stage action at London's O2 Arena, the season-ender burst to life with world number one Djokovic battling past Japan's Kei Nishikori after a mid-match meltdown before Federer saved four match points in a near three-hour duel with compatriot Wawrinka.

    Federer eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 against the man he will join forces with when Switzerland take on France in next week's Davis Cup final.

    Djokovic, bidding for a third consecutive season-ending title having already secured the number one ranking, beat Asian trailblazer Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 after losing his cool with another capacity crowd at the O2 Arena.

    Djokoviv, who has already clinched the year-end world number one ranking, can become the first man since Ivan Lendl (1985-87) to claim three consecutive Tour Finals crowns if he wins on Sunday against either Roger Federer or Wawrinka, who face each other later in an all-Swiss semi-final.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

    North Korea's nuclear weapons

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.