Day 6 of the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals marked the final day of group play in both the singles and doubles competitions. Both sections of the event featured must-win matches for some of the sport's biggest stars.
In singles, Novak Djokovic already secured a spot in the knockout rounds out of Group B. It left Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer to battle it out for the final spot in the next stage alongside Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka.
In doubles, the top-ranked team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan need a victory over the Polish tandem of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski to move on. Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo defeated the Bryan brothers to force the Americans into the key group finale.
Without further ado, let's check out the results and a recap for Day 6, which will be updated throughout the day as the matches go final. All stats are courtesy of the tournament's official site.
Day 6 Results
|B||Juan Martin del Potro vs. Roger Federer||Federer: 4-6, 7-6, 7-5|
|B||Novak Djokovic vs. Richard Gasquet|
|A||Dodig/Melo vs. Qureshi/Rojer||Dodig/Melo: 7-5, 3-6, 11-9|
|A||Bryan/Bryan vs. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski||Bryan/Bryan: 4-6, 6-3, 10-5|
Day 6 Recap
The first match of the day featured the aforementioned doubles team of Dodig and Melo looking to finish Group A play unbeaten. Just like their first two matches, their encounter with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer went the distance.
Through two sets, the teams were playing remarkably even tennis. Both sides were winning a shade under 70 percent of points on serve and had two breaks, making it no surprise they split the sets. Dodig and Melo won the first, 7-5. Qureshi and Rojer won the second, 6-3.
It sent the match to a super tiebreaker, where Dodig and Melo have thrived in the Tour Finals. Sure enough, they stepped up again. They came up in the clutch over the final few points to remain undefeated, which should send them into the next round with plenty of momentum.
Next up were Federer and Del Potro in a head-to-head battle for a semifinal spot.
For about the first hour it appeared Del Potro was going to cruise. He captured the first set, 6-4, and he was able to secure an early break in the second. But Federer fought back by showcasing some vintage form and his usual elite level of competitiveness.
The Swiss superstar broke back and eventually forced the second set into a tiebreak, which he won without needing too many tense moments, 7-2. It sent an already important match into a pressure-packed third set.
Once again, Del Potro rushed out to an early lead with a break, and Federer proceeded to match him by getting the break back in the middle of the set. Getting back level seemed to rejuvenate the 17-time major winner, who watched his performance drop early in the final set.
From there, Federer played some simply outstanding tennis to remain level. After what seemed liked two-and-a-half sets of playing from behind, he flipped the script deep in the third set to get another break and showed nerves of steel to close it out.
It was far from easy, but Federer punched his ticket to the next round. He will face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
The evening session started with a must-win match for the Bryan brothers. Things didn't get off to a promising start for the Americans, who dropped the opening set to the unheralded duo of Fyrstenberg and Matkowski.
With their backs against the wall, the Bryans showcased the championship form that's allowed them to because the most dominant doubles team of the generation. They stormed back to win the second set 6-3, forcing a super tiebreaker to decide it.
It was all Bryans from there as they cruised to a 10-5 win and clinched their spot in the semifinals, but not before they were pushed to the limit in group play.
The Bryan brothers will face second-seeded Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the semifinals.