With the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals winding down, the matches keep getting better by the day as some of the world's best tennis players take the stage.
That continued on Thursday with a couple of big-time showdowns that shook up how the tournament will unfold from here on out.
With only a few days remaining before the championship round, here's a breakdown of how Thursday's results will shape up the rest of the tournament at O2 Arena in London.
|2013 ATP World Tour Scores: Thurs., Nov. 7|
|Roger Federer def. Richard Gasquet: 6-4, 6-3||Singles B|
|Novak Djokovic def. Juan Martin Del Potro: 6-3, 3-6, 6-3||Singles B|
|Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo def. Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski: 6-3, 3-6, 10-2||Doubles A|
|Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer: 7-6(3), 1-6, 14-12||Doubles A|
Roger Federer Defeats Richard Gasquet: 6-4, 6-3
After dropping a round robin contest to rival Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer could all but kiss goodbye his ATP World Tour chances if he didn't take care of business against Richard Gasquet on Thursday.
It's only fitting that the Swiss sensation played his best when his back was against the wall. He played his best throughout the match, stifling Gasquet's surges and showing world-class ability in a straight-set victory.
Gasquet made things tough on Federer early, breaking his serve in the middle of the first set. Then, the 32-year-old broke him right back. From that point on, the outcome was no longer in question.
Moving forward, Federer's work of advancing to the semifinal round is far from done. He'll play Juan Martin del Potro on Day 6 (Saturday) to finish up the round robin stage, and that match may very well decide who moves on.
Novak Djokovic defeats Juan Martin del Potro: 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
It was far from easy, but Novak Djokovic improved to 2-0 in the round robin stage with yet another victory over a world power.
This time it was Juan Martin del Potro who became the victim, albeit in a fight that saw Djokovic stretched to the third and final set before the Serbian put it away, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Fortunately for del Potro, he already has a victory from Monday against Gasquet to boast. That makes his showdown with Federer on Saturday that much more important, as it will likely decide who advances to the semifinals.
For Djokovic, he looks to be through after taking care of business in his first two matches against two world powers.
With a Saturday match against Gasquet looming, the Serbian is looking to simply cruise his way into the semifinals and improve his game to get ready for the likes of Rafael Nadal and other elite players he may face in the final two rounds.
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