London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – The top two performers in the ATP circuit will face each other for the last time this season as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer toppled their respective semifinals foes to arrange their finals showdown at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Sunday at O2 Arena.
Djokovic reached the championship round of the ATP Tour Finals after rallying past Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The top-ranked Serb found himself outclassed by a surging Del Potro in the opening set but kept his composure and handily overwhelmed the Argentine in the next two sets to clinch the finals seat.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer advanced to the finals of the season-ending tourney for the eighth time in his career following a masterful 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Britain’s Andy Murray. Federer is gunning for a seventh Tour Finals championship while Djokovic is eyeing his second win in the season-ending title.
Federer and Djokovic split their four matches this year with the Serb winning in the semis of Rome Masters and French Open and Federer taking the semis of the Wimbledon Open and finals of Cincinnati Masters.
Djokovic started the year as world’s no.1 and defended his title at the Australian Open but lost the top spot in the ATP ladder to a rejuvenated Federer, who went on to reach several milestones this season.
Federer tied Pete Sampras with the most Wimbledon Open title and eventually broke the American’s record for logging the most weeks as world’s no.1.
Federer also bagged the silver in the London Games and the Cincinnati Masters but bowed out in the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Djokovic, the 2012 US Open runner-up, began to build momentum toward regaining the world’s no.1 ranking during the Asian swing of the ATP Tour. The Serb captured the China Open and the Shanghai Masters to secure the top spot in the ATP Tour.