A possible collision with Roger Federer in the finals is still very much in play for Novak Djokovic, as he defeated Tomas Berdych on Friday to capture the Group A title at the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals.
Expertly navigating the court, Djokovic was able to dispatch of Berdych in straight sets and will continue his quest for a title in the semifinals on Sunday.
Also advancing to the semis is crowd favorite Andy Murray, who recovered from his loss to Djokovic on Wednesday to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Like Djokovic, Murray was able to advance in just two sets, despite a strong effort from Tsonga in the second.
On the doubles side of things, upsets continued to overtake the tournament. Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, who have dominated the event in the past, were sent packing by fifth seed Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. That loss will end a two-year partnership between Mirnyi and Nestor in an unfortunate fashion.
In the other doubles match, Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau pulled off a slight upset of Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen. Nonetheless, Marray and Nielsen still will win the Group B crown due to their earlier victories in round-robin play.
With all the action wrapped up, here is a look at a complete recap of Friday's matches.
Day 5 Results
(1) Novak Djokovic def. (5) Tomas Berdych; 6-2, 7-6 (6)
(3) Andy Murray vs. (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; 6-2, 7-6 (3)
(5) Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna def. (2) Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor; 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 10-5
(4) Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau def. (8) Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen; 6-3, 7-5
Djokovic's Dominance Continues
Once again facing a seemingly motivated opponent, Novak Djokovic was able to win with continually efficient play.
The 25-year-old Serbian came out and eviscerated Berdych in the first set, breaking his opponent twice en route to an easy victory. However, Berdych did not just lie down and allow Djokovic to dominate, as the Czech star rallied from after a break in the second set to force a tie-breaker.
Unfortunately for Berdych, he figured out quickly that a victory wasn't in the cards on Friday.
Djokovic's win keeps him undefeated thus far at the World Tour Finals and gives him the Group A crown.
Up next for Djokovic will be the second-place winner in Group B, where the two will vie for a spot in the finals. With the world patiently waiting on the sought-after Federer-Djokovic final, it will be necessary that the first-ranked player keeps his focus and doesn't look too far ahead on Sunday.
Murray Soars in Straight Sets
After losing to Djokovic despite playing a brilliant match on Wednesday, you had to know Andy Murray would come out and try to reestablish his dominance. Murray did just that before a raucous London crowd in the first set, breaking Tsonga multiple times and leaving the Frenchman despondent following a 6-2 victory.
However, like Berdych, Tsonga was not going to be dispatched easily. The 27-year-old came roaring back in the match, recovering from a 2-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead in the second set.
Despite the momentum shifting in his opponent's favor, Murray was able to halt Tsonga, tie the second set and finish him off on the tiebreaker. The win sends the 25-year-old to the semifinals, where he will almost certainly face Federer on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Tsonga gets the unfortunate distinction of being the first player to leave London with an 0-3 record.
Day 6 Schedule
(1) Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan vs. (3) Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek (6:00 a.m. ET)
(6) Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez vs. Aisam-Ul-Hag Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer (not before 11:45 a.m.)
(2) Roger Federer vs. Juan Martin Del Potro (not before 7:45 a.m. ET)
(4) David Ferrer vs. (8) Janko Tipsarevic (not before 1:15 p.m. ET)
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