The last day of the round robin stages at the ATP World Tour Finals in London started off with a glimmer of hope for Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner. They ended with a 1-2 record after defeating Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-4 and, with a Bryan Brothers win later, could clinch a semifinal spot. The waiting game began.
Petzschner joked, “I spoke to Bob Bryan yesterday and said if you scratch our backs, we’ll scratch your backs.”
Unfortunately for Melzer and Petzschner, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes later defeated the Bryan Brothers 6-4, 6-2 and snatched the second spot in the semifinals.
In singles, alternate Janko Tipsarevic made waves in Group A by defeating world no.1 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“I’m really happy that I managed to win finally [against Djokovic]. Every time we played, I managed to win a set and then lose in the end. So I am really happy that I managed to win today in the end and strangely finish the season with a victory. I’m not really used to do that,” Tipsarevic said.
As for Djokovic? He said, ”Obviously, mentally I feel a little bit drained. I just don’t have that freshness in my mind for the matches and I don’t have these dynamics that I had in all 10 months of the year. But this is something to be expected after the year that I had. Tomorrow, if I don’t play, I’ll look forward to going for a much-needed rest.”
Djokovic has made his way to a well-earned off-season after Tomas Berdych defeated David Ferrer 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, claiming the final spot in the semifinals.
In tomorrow’s semifinal matches, Berdych will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga while Ferrer will face Roger Federer.
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