After losing to David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals this year, Novak Djokovic accepted that he wasn’t at his best and deserved to come away from the O2 arena with a defeat.
The Serb – who has had a fantastic 2011, moving to the top of the world rankings – was nothing like his dominant self in this 6-3 6-1 defeat and looked incredibly flat for much of the match.
Speaking afterwards, he said: “All the credit to David, he played a great match but I just wasn’t there. It was the worst match I’ve played this season so far with so many unforced errors.”
“It’s hard to find something that I did well really. My movement, my feel for the ball, my anticipation on the court, nothing. Just a terrible, terrible match. David was playing well, but I did not give him any resistance.
“Maybe it’s because of the length of the season, maybe it’s just because I’m not feeling well.”
Djokovic rebounded to defeat Janko Tipsarevic – the replacement for an injured Andy Murray – and is still alive to reach the semifinals of the tournament, something those looking at sporting tips thought he would do comfortably at the start of the tournament.
Referring to this match – which was only his fifth defeat since the turn of the year – he said: “If I don’t play at least 50% better than I did tonight, I don’t think I’ll have any chance.”
As for Ferrer, he is having a fantastic time at the O2 arena. This win over Djokovic followed the excellent victory over British No.1 Andy Murray, meaning that he has flown through to the next stage of the competition.
Speaking after last night’s win, he said: “It is a surprise to me that I won and am in the semifinals. I beat Murray and Djokovic in straight sets so I want to enjoy this moment.”
In terms of where your Betting money should go now, Roger Federer is the overwhelming favorite to win this tournament. The former World No.1 has looked exemplary so far.
Djokovic has been fantastic in 2011 though and it shouldn’t be ruled out that he could pick himself up from this defeat and finish the year on a high.