Sunday, 11 November 2012

Federer falls to del Potro; still in semis

In a strange match, Roger Federer played well for two sets before falling away in the third.

Roger Federer sets up to serve to Juan Martin del Potro at the O2 arena in London
Federer started the match very well, dominating proceedings in the first set before playing a horrible tiebreaker.

Roger Federer hits a forehand winner against Juan Martin del Potro at the WTF in London
Federer broke early in the second set, which then went with serve, Federer taking the set 6/4.

However, del Potro broke early in the decider for a 3-0 lead. Federer couldn't make any inroads on the Argentine's serve, and del Potro gave Roger plenty to think about heading in to the semi-finals tomorrow.

Roger Federer pauses for thought during his defeat to Juan Martin del Potro at the WTF in London

As it stands, del Potro will advance as group winner courtesy of his head-to-head result against Federer, meaning Roger will face Djokovic in the semis.

However, if David Ferrer manages to beat Tipsarevic later, there will be a 3-way tie at the top, and Federer will emerge as the group winner over del Potro, courtesy of sets won/lost difference. If that scenario unfolds, then Roger will face Murray in the semis tomorrow instead.

Who would you prefer Roger to play in the semis?

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