Unstoppable Djokovic eyeing golden finale

Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:13pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - For 15 minutes Novak Djokovic appeared to have a fight on his hands at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday, then the Serb dialed up his A game and tore Stanislas Wawrinka to pieces.

Such was the perfection of his tennis for most of a 6-3 6-0 thrashing it is hard to argue against him crowning his year as world number one and with a hat-trick of titles at the ATP's year-ending showpiece.

The 27-year-old has conceded only five games so far at the cavernous O2 Arena yet the arithmetic of round-robin tennis means the seven-times grand slam champion is still not definitely assured of a semi-final spot.

Even more bizarrely, U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, crushed 6-3 6-1 by Czech Tomas Berdych in the day's earlier Group A match could conceivably scrape through despite two heavy losses.

Just like his tennis Djokovic, who faces Berdych on Friday, cut straight through a question about whether or not he gets bogged down with the various scenarios.

"Nobody needs to tell me I need to win," he said. "That's what I try to do. That's why I'm here. I try to win every match I play on. That's the kind of approach I will have on Friday."

In actual fact Djokovic would go through to the semi-finals with a three-set defeat against Berdych who at least gave himself some hope by trouncing Cilic.

"I'm going to try to maybe win three, four games. That would be better than the last time," a smiling Berdych, beaten 6-2 6-0 by Djokovic in the recent Beijing final, told reporters.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their tennis match at the ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London November 12, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett