World No 2 beats compatriot Wawrinka in thriller to set-up final with World No 1 Djokovic
London: Roger Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP Tour Finals after the world’s top two both survived dramatic semi-finals at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.
Roger Federer celebrates his semi-final win over Stanislas Wawrinka. Pic/AFP.
World No 2 Federer saved four match points before beating Stan Wawrinka, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), while beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. Federer looked down and out when Wawrinka served for the match in the final set, but the six-time champion responded superbly and eventually booked his ninth appearance in the final of the season-ending event.
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Federer held his nerve impressively despite an erratic performance in the best match of a tournament sorely lacking memorable encounters this year. The 33-year-old has now saved 11 match points in three winning causes this year, with the others against Gael Monfils at the US Open and Leonardo Mayer at the Shanghai Masters.
The 124th final of Federer’s illustrious career is a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final, which Djokovic won in five sets. Federer has met his great rival on 36 occasions, winning 19 times, but the World No 1 has won their last three finals, including at the Tour Finals in 2012.