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ATP Finals: Djokovic survives Nishikori scare to reach final

Novak Djokovic earned himself a shot at a third consecutive World Tour Finals title after battling past Kei Nishikori in three sets in Saturday’s first semi-final at the O2 Arena.

After a litany of one-sided matches in the round robin stage, Djokovic looked set to continue the theme by easing through the first set but Nishikori stunned the world No.1 by taking the second to force a decider.

It was just the third time at these Tour Finals that the O2 Arena had seen a third set, and Djokovic regained his composure to eventually ease through it for a 6-1 3-6 6-0 win in one hour and 27 minutes.

“Honestly, today I found it a little bit difficult mentally to stay concentrated throughout the whole match,” Djokovic said in his press conference. “After emotional three matches I had, especially yesterday when I achieved the goal to finish as No.1 of the world, knowing that, I felt a little bit flat emotionally. I needed a little bit more time to kind of give myself a boost.

“I was fortunate because in the beginning of the third set, he had break points. If he broke me, the match could have gone either way. I managed to find that little bit of strength and get a win today.

“Tomorrow is the last match of the season. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world, aside of the grand slams. This is already the biggest possible motivation. I will try to give everything I have.”

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US Open: Marin Cilic clinches his 1st Grand Slam

Is Cilic just another one slam wonder?

Marin Cilic might have crushed Kei Nishikori in the US Open final – but will he ever win another Grand Slam?

Cilic beat Nishikori in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 6-3, but the crowd was relatively scant and muted from the off – partly because of the 5pm local time scheduled start, but also because they were expecting that the final would be a chance to see one of the big names of men’s tennis.

Instead, the match was the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that at least one of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer were not playing for the title; and only the third time in a decade that the title hadn’t been won by one of that trio.

Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012, and followed that up with a Wimbledon win in 2013.

Juan Martin Del Potro, who beat Federer in five sets at Flushing Meadows in 2009, is the only other man to have clinched the title – and since that day, the injury-ravaged Argentine has not been back to a grand slam final and only once made it to a semi-final.

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