Paris, France (4E Sports) – Novak Djokovic came from behind to beat Roger Federer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinal of the BNP Paribas Masters to keep alive his hopes of finishing the year at No. 1.
Djokovic’s bid got a much-needed boost after Rafael Nadal was defeated by David Ferrer, 6-3, 7-5, in the other semifinal match.
Should Djokovic win Sunday’s final against Ferrer, the battle will carry into next week’s ATP World Tour Finals in London.
“No. 1 does not depend on me only. It depends on Rafa,” said Djokovic. “I know there are small chances. If I finish No. 1 in the world this year, it would be an incredible achievement.”
Federer made a strong start, breaking for Djokovic for a 2-1 lead. He saved four break points in the 10th game before clinching the opener.
However, Djokovic fought back, winning five of the next six games to level the match and dominating the deciding set to claim victory in just over two hours.
Meanwhile, Ferrer grabbed the win in one hour and 38 minutes to snap a nine-match losing streak to Nadal
On the women’s side, Simona Halep battled back from the brink of defeat to beat Ana Ivanovic, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the semifinal of the WTA Tournament Of Champions.
The No 1 seed Halep won 25 of the last 32 points of the match against the second seed Ivanovic to arrange a final showdown with Samantha Stosur, who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
Stosur leads Halep in their head-to-head series, 3-2. However, Halep is 2-0 against Stosur this year.
Meanwhile, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani prevailed in the opening singles matches to bring Italy closer to its fourth Fed Cup crown.
Vinci defeated world No.136 Alexandra Panova in the first rubber, 5-7, 7-5, 8-6 before Italy’s No.1, Sara Errani defeated 18-year-old Irina Khromacheva, 6-1, 6-4, in the other singles match.
Errani can clinch victory for Italy in Sunday’s first singles rubber when she takes on Panova. However, Russia’s captain Shamil Tarpischev would not rule out the possibility of fielding Alisa Kleybanova, who hold two wins over Errani.