ATP World Tour Finals – Final
Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer – Head to Head: 16-12, Federer
(Novak Djokovic won, 7-6 (6), 7-5 – Read all about it here)
Amy’s Pick: I should’ve known that Roger Federer wouldn’t be the same player in his semifinal match against Andy Murray as he was during his round robin matches. At Wimbledon, I made the same mistake of writing off Federer after his struggles against Benneteau and Malisse. Though I always thought he could win more Slams, I didn’t see it coming when he won his 17th. At this tournament, based on his poor form, I’ve been picking against him all week. I can’t do it again after his utter demolition of Murray. Fed in straights or bust. (Probably bust, based on my picks record as of late.)
Lindsay’s Pick: This entire tournament has gone according to seed except for Delpo’s match against Federer in the final day of Round Robin play. So while my instinct is to go with Federer because of his WTF history and the fact that he is just defying the odds time and time again, I’m going to pick this one by the numbers and go with Djokovic. It’s the last match of the year for the Serb and even though he’s No. 1 in the world he will definitely feel (and sound–hello London crowd!) like the underdog. And I truly feel like this will be the kick that Nole needs to end the year on a positive note. I predict 3 close sets, with Nole squeaking out the win.
Juan José’s Pick: I want to believe that Shanghai meant something. I thought that Novak Djokovic really found himself in that final against Murray, down match point (five times). I also want to believe that the way Djokovic finished his match today against Del Potro shows the potential not only for a great performance in the final of these World Tour Finals, but also for 2013. However, in both of those matches, Djokovic came back after being down a set and a break. I’m not sure he can pull that off against Federer, who was so ruthless against Murray in the semis. That hole might be too deep for him to climb. Also, this is 2012 Novak Djokovic in big finals. Shanghai felt like the first good performance in one of those, and that was only after going down 5 match points. This is why I have to go with Federer in two sets, in a repeat of sorts of the 2012 Cincinnati final.
Standings after the November 12th Picks:
Juan José: 8-5