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Novak Djokovic Still Alive Despite Early Defeat at ATP World Tour Finals 20

Posted on November 25, 2011 by Thomas Rooney

Novak Djokovic is still in contention despite losing to David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals.

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. Read the rest of this entry →

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