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ATP World Tour Finals 2013: Schedule and Predictions for Saturday

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory in his men's singles match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during day four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 9, 2013

The 2013 ATP World Tour Finals will continue on Saturday, Nov. 9. Four singles players and four doubles teams will look to clinch a berth in the semi-finals in London at the O2 Arena.

Here's everything you need to know about when the action will transpire.

ATP World Tour Finals
DateTime (ET)MatchParticipantParticipant
Saturday, Nov. 95:00 a.m.Doubles AIvan Dodig & Marcelo MeloAisam-ul-Haq Qureshi & Jean-Julien Rojer
Saturday, Nov. 99:00 a.m.SinglesJuan Martin del PotroRoger Federer
Saturday, Nov. 912:45 p.m.Doubles ABob Bryan / Mark BryanMariusz Fyrstenberg / Marcin Matkowski
Saturday, Nov. 92:45 p.m.SinglesNovak DjokovicRichard Gasquet
http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/en/schedule

 

Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo vs. Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi & Jean-Julien Rojer

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Marcelo Melo (L) of Brazil and Ivan Dodig of Croatia in action in their men's doubles match against Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland during day four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on Nove
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Saturday's action will commence with doubles action, Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo going toe-to-toe with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. Dodig and Melo have won both of their first two matches, while Quershi and Rojer have lost two heart-breakers.

The only question at this point is whether or not the two sides can come up with a significant victory.

Dodig and Melo own a 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory over Bob and Mark Bryan, and a 6-3, 3-6, 10-2 win over Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. Quershi and Rojer lost 3-6, 6-7 (8-10) to Fyrstenberg and Matkowski, and 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 12-14 to the Bryan brothers.

With the semi-finals just around the corner, look for Dodig and Melo to close out strong and head into the semi-finals with momentum.

Dodig and Melo have been playing magnificent tennis together, and that shouldn't catch anyone by surprise. The duo lost in the 2013 final of Wimbledon and reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

With a chance to strike gold in London, expect Dodig and Melo to step up under pressure.

 

Juan Martin del Potro vs. Roger Federer

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand in his men's singles match against Richard Gasquet of France during day four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by
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In the first singles match of the day, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina will face off against Roger Federer of Switzerland. Both men split their first two matches and have thus been placed in a position of desperation.

The winner of this match will earn an appearance in the last four.

Del Potro defeated Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-5 during his first match of the ATP World Tour Finals. He then lost 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 to Novak Djokovic and fell into must-win territory entering Saturday's action.

Del Potro has won three of his past four against Federer but fell in their most recent clash.

Federer has experienced a rough year of tennis, but he defeated Gasquet in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. He also lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6 to Djokovic.

Federer will look to make it two straight wins over del Potro on Saturday and he will succeed.

Federer hasn't played his best tennis this year, but it'd be a stunning upset if he were to fail to make the semi-finals at the ATP Tour Finals. Del Potro is playing well, but Federer has won six ATP World Tour Finals titles.

If Federer is ever going to bounce back, the time is now.

 

Bob Bryan & Mark Bryan vs. Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12:  Bob and Mike Bryan of the USA celebrate winning the Mens doubles final against Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Horia Tecau of Romania during day seven of the Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 1
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The biggest doubles match of the tournament thus far will transpire on Saturday. Bob Bryan and Mark Bryan will go toe-to-toe with Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in a match that will decide which team advances to the semi-finals.

Who would've thought the Bryan brothers would have this much trouble?

The brothers have won three career ATP World Tour Finals titles but have already lost to Dodig and Melo. Fyrstenberg and Matkowski also lost to that doubles team, which has created a situation in which both teams are in a position of uncertainty and evenly matched momentum.

Look for the Bryan brothers to prevail based on experience and past success at this event.

The American duo won three of the four Grand Slam titles in 2013 and that's been the story of their career together. The two have won 15 championships at the major events—three at the ATP World Tour Finals—and have shown no signs of slowing down.

It's a big match with the potential for elimination and that's when the Bryan brothers are at their best.

 

Novak Djokovic vs. Richard Gasquet

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand in his men's singles match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during day four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Phot
Jan Kruger/Getty Images

When Djokovic and Gasquet square off in London, neither will be playing for a berth in the semi-finals. Djokovic is already in with two previous wins, while Gasquet has gone 0-2 during group play.

Nevertheless, long-term momentum is always achievable when two of the top 10 players in the world square off.

Djokovic has been excellent, defeating Federer 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 and del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. It's a continuation of a dominant month of tennis from the Serbian, who is attempting to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the world.

He'll face Gasquet with an opportunity to move one step closer to doing so.

It's been a rough week in London for Gasquet, who was mere points away from upsetting del Potro. Instead, he lost 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 5-7 and proceeded to fall in straight sets to Federer by a count of 4-6, 3-6.

Now he'll look to close out the year with what would be one of the biggest wins of his career against Djokovic.

Gasquet hasn't defeated Djokovic since the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup in China. That's a stretch of seven consecutive losses, which paints a picture of what viewers can expect.

Gasquet will play well, but Djokovic is rolling right now.

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