Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 in the final match of the 2015 ATP World Tour on Sunday night, becoming the first man to win the championship for the fourth consecutive time. Djokovic’s forehand lacked accuracy at the start of the match, hitting a lot of routine balls into trams, and Federer capitalised on this with an aggressive backhand. The Serbian quickly returned to top form as he took the lead 3-2, in response to the Swiss’ strategic shot play.
The variation of shots from both players made for some rallies that could only be executed by these two men, using volleys, cut shots, and many backhands. It seemed as if the gravity of the match had weighed on both men, as in Round Robin stages they were more aggressive in their play, but this clash saw more focused, and controlled play. Boris Becker looked pleased as his man took the first set 6-3.
The world number one sought to continue his momentum in the second set, and remained in his comfort zone. The world number three was in full flow as he made the top seed run left to right to return shots, as well as slowing down the ball enough to remain composed. The intensity from the defending champion seemed to be on the back-foot as the 17-time Major winner asserted his dominance and control over the court, despite Djokovic leading 4-3 in the second set.
The tension around the championship point resonated into the living room, but the world’s top player remained focused to win the match 6-3, 6-4, and win the championship for the fourth consecutive time. Overall, both the players delivered a performance that exceeded mny expectations, fighting their best with each shot as though it were their last, exemplifying why these men are giants in tennis.
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