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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Tennis: Djokovic survives fightback by del Potro to force his way into semi-finals

Martyn Herman

Published 07/11/2013 | 22:44

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Novak Djokovic competes against Juan Martin Del Potro during day four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena, London
Novak Djokovic competes against Juan Martin Del Potro during day four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena, London
Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives in a cloud of dry ice for his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London
Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives in a cloud of dry ice for his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London

NOVAK Djokovic joined Rafa Nadal as a guaranteed semi-finalist at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Argentine Juan Martin del Potro tonight.

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The 26-year-old Serb absorbed some brutish attacks from Del Potro before stretching away in the deciding set to earn himself a second victory in Group B.

Del Potro now faces a shoot-out with Roger Federer on Saturday to see which of them will join defending champion Djokovic in the last four of the year-ender.

Earlier, Federer beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets to get off the mark after losing his opening match to Djokovic.

Nadal is already assured of a semi-final berth having won both his Group A matches, sealing the year-end world number one ranking in the process.

Reuters

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