Heartbreaking news for all the Federer fans as Swiss master Roger Federer withdraws from the final of Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after injuring himself. He was to play against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic for the title clash. Djokovic will now play against Andy Murray.
Roger Federer, 33, came back from the brink of defeat to beat third seed Wawrinka 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(6) in two hours and 48 minutes and head into the final for a record-equaling ninth time finals appearance of Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. But the match was far from being any easy ride as six-time champion Roger Federer had to save four match points to beat his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka to set up a mouth-watering final showdown against World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals here at the O2 Arena, London.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic comes into the finale as an undefeated champion for a third straight year at the year-end finale. Ivan Lendl, the five-time former titlist, was the last player to clinch three straight crowns from 1985 to 1987. The two-time defending champion, who also lifted the 2008 trophy, defeated fourth seed Kei Nishikori, the first Asian singles player to compete at the event, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 earlier.
Novak Djokovic is now unbeaten in his past 31 indoor matches. He dropped just nine games in three round-robin matches prior to his fifth meeting with Nishikori. In their previous 37 meetings, Federer leads 19-17 but Djokovic has won their last three clashes, including their five-set thriller in the Wimbledon final this year.