ATP Tour Finals: Djokovic Through to Semi-Finals

Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro to become the second player to reach the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday.

The Serb joined world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory in London.

It was a 19th consecutive win for Djokovic since losing to Nadal in the US Open final in September.

Del Potro and Roger Federer will battle for the second Group B qualification place on Saturday.

“I will try to do my best,” said Del Potro. “I know for me it has been a long season, a lot of matches in the end of the year. I’m getting tired.

“But it’s the last effort, could be the last effort of the year, so I will try to enjoy it and do the best I can.”

Djokovic beats Del Potro to Reach ATP World Tour Finals Semis.
Djokovic beats Del Potro to Reach ATP World Tour Finals Semis.

Djokovic, who won in France last weekend and overcame Federer in his opening match in London, was pleased to come through another tough examination.

“I have to say, considering the scheduling on back to back Bercy and World Tour Finals, I had luck that my group was selected to play Tuesday, Thursday,” said Djokovic.

“And I played night matches, so it gave me more time to rest, gave me more time to get ready.

“I overcame the two big fights against Roger and against Juan Martin today. Both matches went the distance; both matches were decided in a few points. So I’m just very glad to be able to play my best when it’s needed.

“I did qualify for semi-finals, which is definitely a positive news, but I still want to try to win the last match of the group.”

Source: BBC Sport.