“My fondest memory of the ATP Finals came against Roger Federer”

Novak Djokovic has reached his eighth ATP Finals title match in Turin, winning all four encounters and aiming for a perfect week. When asked about his favorite memory from the ATP Finals, Novak mentioned his 2012 win over Roger Federer in the title fight.

The Serb got the better of the Swiss and hit him with a backhand down the line for the winner in the last point to celebrate the title. Djokovic defeated Federer 7-6, 7-5 in two hours and 15 minutes to claim his second ATP Finals crown.

Novak and Roger met for the fifth time in 2012 and the Serb delivered the third win. Djokovic won a point more than Federer and both had seven break chances. Novak converted four and made the difference after losing serve three times.

Federer had more winners and unforced errors, with Novak forcing over 40 errors from his opponent to emerge at the top in their 29th meeting on the tour and claim his 13th win. Almost nothing could separate them in the shortest rallies of up to four shots.

Also, Roger stayed in touch with Novak on the more extended rallies to stay competitive up to the last point. Federer started the match holding after a volley winner at the net. He broke Novak without dropping a point in game two to take an immediate lead and make the best possible start.

The Swiss secured the third game with a forehand winner to take a 3-0 lead after just eight minutes, keep the upper hand and threaten the return again in the next game. Djokovic held after two deuces when his forehand found the edge of the line on the line.

Novak started feeling the ball and broke back in game five after Roger’s backhand error. After six deuces at 4-4, Novak converted the third break chance and took the lead after another unforced error from Roger. Djokovic wasted a set point in the next game and Roger pulled the break back at the last moment to level the score at 5-5 and extend the set.

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the title match of the 2012 ATP Finals.

An ace gave Federer a 6-5 lead and Djokovic did a great job on serve despite being given a medical time-out after falling to the ground and cutting his arm.

They stayed neck and neck in the tiebreak, with Roger repelling a set point with a beautiful forehand crosscourt winner 5-6. Still, his backhand landed long in the next point, giving Novak another chance to win the set.

A forehand crosscourt winner sealed the opener for the Serb after a grueling 72 minutes, prevailing on his second serve despite an apparent struggle. Novak saved a break chance early in the second set with a service winner.

After Roger’s loose backhand, he denied another and the Swiss missed the third chance when his forehand landed long. Finally, after a marathon game, Federer converted the fourth break point to extend the advantage. He hit three winners in game two to consolidate the break, just like in the opener.

Roger stayed ahead with an ace in game four, and there was another break chance in the next game that could have put him closer to a deciding set. Novak saved it to stay within a break deficit before Roger grabbed another excellent serve at 4-2 in game six.

The Swiss fended off a break chance in game eight, forcing the Serb’s error to extend his lead to 5-3. Roger wasted two set points while serving for the set 5-4. Novak fought back with an excellent forehand attack that forced the defending champion to make a mistake and gave him momentum in the closing stages.

Djokovic served well after the break he suffered and kept the pressure on the other side. He broke Federer for the second straight game with a beautiful backhand down the line to the winner in Game 12 that secured him the title, his first at the event in four years.

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