ATP World Tour Finals 2014 Semi-Finals Preview


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As Roger Federer said after qualifying for the 2014 ATP World Tour Semi-finals, it is time to get down to business now. With Roger chasing his seventh title at the event, Djokovic his fourth, and Wawrinka and Nishikori their firsts, that business is valuable ranking points and prize money. The tennis review previews the two semi-finals and predicts the winners.

Match 1: Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori. (Djokovic leads 2-2)

Kei Nishikori caused what could be the shock of the year when he beat Novak Djokoivic on his way to  making his first slam final at the U.S Open this year. The Japanese has a similarly aggressive baseline game, can go toe to toe with the Serb from the back of the court and took full advantage of a distracted Djokovic to become the first Japanese to compete in a slam final.

A couple of months later in Paris, a revived Djokovic took Nishikori apart in the last four for the loss of five games and on a similar surface to the one used in London, a slower one than in New York.

That last match and the London conditions will favor Djokovic. Other factors favor him, too- a 30 match winning streak indoors spanning three seasons, clinching the year-end No.1  ranking in his last match, and Nishikori’s at times tired looking form in the round robin stage.

Nishikori, though, did look better in his last match against Ferrer, but Ferrer is a better match up for him.  That win against Ferrer will give him some confidence though, and he should be inspired by reaching the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals on his first appearance.

Prediction: Nishikori will give it his all in his last match of the year, but it won’t be enough to derail Djokovic’s quest for a fourth ATP World Tour Finals title. Expect Djokovic to get it done in straight sets, one close, one easy.

Match 2: Roger Federer Vs Stan Wawrinka (Federer leads 14-2).

Federer has been by far the better of the two in the round robin stages this week. While Federer cruised through his matches, Wawrinka had three very different matches- he was thrashed by Djokovic, tore apart Berdych and went three sets with Cilic. So, it is hard to know which Wawrinka we will get in the semis. What we can be almost certain about is Federer will turn up motivated to reach the final and compete for his seventh ATP World Tour Final trophy at the end of a season which few predicted would see him challenge for the No. 1 ranking.

Prediction: Federer to win in straight sets.

Commentary by Christian Deverille


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