Novak Djokovic’ bid to be world end number one is over. A straight sets defeat to Roger Federer not only ended his bid for the year end number one but his bid for the World Tour Finals trophy.
Novak began his week with a sharp performance against Matteo Berrettini however when Thiem and Federer threw pace at him he hasn’t dealt with it well at all.
On what is such a fast indoor hard court you would fancy Djokovic to be the lead but he has been playing catch-up in matches. He hasn’t really been striking his groundstrokes with as much fear as usual and has been a little bit more guided rather than striking.
Everything that Roger did was quick and effective. Novak is renowned as one of the best returners in the game but he couldn’t get to grips with Roger’s serve.
The Swiss hit 23 winners, 12 of those were aces but only dropped a quite incredible eleven points on his serve giving Novak Djokovic nothing to work with.
A theme of Roger’s games over the last few years and on Thursday night was the quick tennis.
Novak does well in long rallies winning 6/7 points over 9 shots. In the middle section of rallies between 5-9 shots he won just 11/28 points but where Federer really dominated was those quick rallies.
He knew he had to be quick against Novak who as we know once he gets his teeth into a rally can be tough to stop.
Roger just went for it, he won a massive 48/73 points under 5 shots, got 85% of Novak’s serve back into play and his rhythm was not disrupted at all.
Federer joins Thiem in the semi-finals as a result of his win. Both players will be action tomorrow in Saturday’s semi-finals but as of yet will not know who they will play against.