Djokovic ends year on high with Finals win over Federer

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Novak Djokovic ends a magnificent season by beating Roger Federer to win the ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth time in his career

Djokovic ends year on high with Finals win over Federer

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 22, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. NOVAK DJOKOVIC PRACTICING

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOVAK DJOKOVIC SAYING:

“I think a lot has to do with the mindset that you have. Before each season starts obviously you have to take the positives from the season before and many positives, many highlights, of this season, that gives me a lot of self belief and confidence for the next one.

“I try to put myself in position to start from scratch like everybody else and not really defend trophies or defend points. It’s kind of a mindset that really helps me to perform this well throughout the year.”

3. DJOKOVIC PRACTICING

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOVAK DJOKOVIC SAYING:

“It doesn’t seem to somebody off the court but we all get nervous, very nervous, but over the years obviously you learn how to control yourself and handle those emotions and pressure and take the best out of yourself.

“Obviously the importance of the matches and the tension that is present when you play your biggest rivals is incomparable to other matches. So that’s why today’s match, even though I won in straight sets, it’s really tough mentally to take out every last drop of energy you have after a very long season and perform at a very high level. I’m very proud of that and my team has done a great job to put me in that position to fight for this big trophy and finish the season in style.”

5. FEDERER AT PRACTICE SESSION

STORY: Novak Djokovic put the finishing touch to a magnificent season by beating Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday (November 22) for the fifth time in his career.

The Serbian underlined his complete dominance of men’s tennis with another immaculate display to become the first player in the year-ending tournament’s 46-year history to triumph four times in a row.

Federer brought the tournament to a close in anti-climactic fashion with a double-fault, although not as much as a year ago when he pulled out of the final with back injury.

After a modest celebration, Djokovic walked back to his chair and wrote “And now for vacation” in Serbian on a camera lens. How he deserves one.

The 28-year-old has stomped through the season to leave his rivals trailing in his wake — securing the year-end world number one ranking weeks before the London finale.

He won three of the year’s four grand slams, beating the evergreen Federer in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals to take his career haul to 10, and would have celebrated the rarest of ‘calendar year slams’ had it not been for an inspired Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open final.

Not only that but he won a record six Masters Series crowns and reached 15 consecutive finals after losing to Ivo Karlovic in the Doha quarter-finals at the start of the year.

He ended the year with an 82-6 win loss record — half of those defeats coming against Federer, including Tuesday’s 7-5 6-2 group stage defeat by the Swiss that snapped his 23-match winning streak and three-year unbeaten run indoors.

With the stakes raised, though, the 34-year-old Federer made far too many errors on Sunday while Djokovic’s defences proved largely impenetrable, but for the odd flash of Swiss magic that had his large red and white fan club chanting their approval.

“I think a lot has to do with the mindset that you have,” Djokovic said after the match.

“Before each season starts obviously you have to take the positives from the season before and many positives, many highlights, of this season, that gives me a lot of self belief and confidence for the next one.

“I try to put myself in position to start from scratch like everybody else and not really defend trophies or defend points. It’s kind of a mindset that really helps me to perform this well throughout the year.

“Today’s match, even though I won in straight sets, it’s really tough mentally to take out every last drop of energy you have after a very long season and perform at a very high level. I’m very proud of that and my team has done a great job to put me in that position to fight for this big trophy and finish the season in style.”

Federer’s chances were fleeting.

He had the first break point in the second game but fluffed a forehand into the net.

In the next game a near-identical forehand found the net to give Djokovic the break and from there the world number one never looked back.

The clinical Djokovic teased Federer into a volley error on set point in the ninth game to move ahead.

Federer, bidding for a record-extending seventh title at the year-ender, was staring at the abyss when he trailed 3-4 0-40 in the second set but escaped with five straight points.

Djokovic was unrelenting though and wore his opponent down with one brutal rally two games later, sealing victory when a Federer second serve sailed long.

He has now levelled his head-to-head record (22-22) with Federer for the first time in his career, a day after pulling level with Rafael Nadal (23-23).

Djokovic is seven short of Federer’s record 17 grand slam titles and, if he avoids injuries, it is far from inconceivable that he could threaten that mark in the next few years.

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