Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer - as it happened

World number one Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 in the final of the World Tour Finals in London.

13 November 2012 Last updated at 10:00 GMT

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As it happened

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the O2 Arena

    "Another excellent week ends at the O2 Arena, with the prospect of three more to come, and there's every chance that Novak Djokovic will be in the mix each time. The unofficial 'player of the year' tag has been much discussed here all week, with four different Grand Slam winners, Nadal's seventh French Open title, Federer's remarkable return to the number one spot in the summer, Murray's Olympic gold and Djokovic regaining the year-end top ranking. Appropriately, the very last shot of the ATP season surely clinched it - the kind of athletic, nerveless and inspirational winner that the Serb has found so often when required over the last two years. The rankings say he's number one, and if you can beat Federer on this court when he's playing that well, who's to argue?"

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    Piers Newbery's match report is up and evolving on the BBC Tennis pages right now. As soon as he has the considered thoughts of the protagonists they will be in there alongside his own. Thanks for all your messages. I hope you have enjoyed it. Maybe tennis is not the sport for you if not. Bye for now.

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    Some of you have been questioning whether the World Tour Finals trophy is a suitable reward for all Novak Djokovic's efforts over the past week. Fret not everyone. As the undefeated champion, the Serb also takes home a prize cheque of $1.76m (£1.1m) to keep him warm until the start of next season.

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    In the absence of an Andy Murray victory, the best news to come out of this year's event for British fans was that next year will not be the last at the O2 Arena. A two-year extension means that it will be staged on the banks of the Thames until at least 2015. Considering the bumpy court and general indifference that hung around the event when it was staged in Houston back in the early 2000s it would be a brave man to change the current formula.

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    That victory means Novak Djokovic extends the club of two-time season-finale winners to nine members. There are some pretty illustrious names who carry that card in their wallets as well: Borg, Lendl, Becker, Sampras, McEnroe and, of course, Federer. The Serb is perfectly at home in their company.

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    Right, when can we do it all over again? Well, I said it is the last Tour tennis of 2012. That is not really true it turns out. The Brisbane International, a warm-up for the Australian Open, begins on 30 December. Mark you diaries, the players that are at the top of the trade now are the sort you bore grandchildren about.


    Christian Dyer on Twitter: "Djokovic 96 points. Federer 95 points. Breathtaking stuff. What a privilege it is to witness the best era of tennis."

    Femi Longe on Twitter: "Federer had the game, the guile and the legs. They're Djokovic's now."

    Tim Fisher on Twitter: "I love coldplay but why on earth would you have Fix You as a song when someone picks up a trophy?"

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    Novak Djokovic hoists the World Tour trophy amid a burst of blue and white tickertape and Coldplay. It is the second time he has won the season finale after beating Nikolay Davydenko in Shanghai in 2008.

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic again just showed his resilience. Federer came out firing all cylinders, but Djokovic dug in. It was a fitting match to finish an unbelievable year. It was a fitting shot to finish too, with Djokovic out wide under pressure, finding the way to win the match. It was so tight, the first set. The swings in momentum were so difficult to predict, but I think Djokovic deserved it. It's fitting reward that he's been able to win the end-of-year championship."


    Novak Djokovic: "It is always a privilege and a challenge to play you Roger so congratulations on an amazing year. Thank you for all your support, I want to thank my team, I couldn't have done it without you. I love you."


    Roger Federer: "Congratulations to Novak on an amazing tournament and an amazing year. You are the best. It has been an amazing year for me to and I would like to say thank you to my team who have followed my round the world. We broke the million-barrier with the fans here I think this year, thanks to all of you too."

    Class to the very end, Federer also remembers to thank umpire Lars Graff who is retiring after this tournament.

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    Nostrils flaring, fists pumping Novak Djokovic clambers into the rows where his camp are sitting and he is bellowing with delight. He looks like the sort of man who would fight you to the death over family board games, what an intense competitve spirit he carries on court.


    Paul Williams on Twitter: "What a match point by Novak! Oh my god! Amazing! So good."

    Akhil Sharma on Twitter: "Djokovic is just uber impressive! His next season will be even bigger! Will be interesting to see what's next for Roger!"

    Chris Mills on Twitter: "Djokovic never gives up. that was unbelievable tennis."

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "This was a stunning performance. What sport we've seen here this week, with this match and with that final point. His year started with a terrific victory at the Australian Open, and this was a magnificent way to finish it. The final rankings do not lie. It's hats off to the boss, Djokovic."

    Federer 6-7 (6-8) 5-7 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic lands first for 0-15 and even Roger Federer could be forgiven for creaking. His nerves are are sturdy as Californian Redwoods as he wrongfoots Djokovic for 15-15. That draws applause even from Djokovic. Hang on though, there looks like there might be a bit of rot in the Federer game. The Swiss spills a couple of points with loose groundstokes, straying outside the lines by a big and then small margin. Djokovic has match point out of nowhere and, after being shunted side to side by Federer' s probing, slides into a glorious backhand winner. Glorious, glorious way to end an incredible year of Tour tennis.




    Chris Southon on Twitter: "Federer and Djokovic both tired, preparing for titanic final set - then Djokovic pops up with that! Last tube is at 2337, guys."

    Danny Gunn on Twitter: "This is why I love tennis, the top four players giving it ding-dong. Who knows how this one will finish tonight?"

    Michael DiMonaco on Twitter: "Djokovic is incredible, he seems to be able to turn this intensity switch on and off when he needs to!"

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic is relentless. He just doesn't know when he's beaten."

    *Federer 6-7 (6-8) 5-6 Djokovic

    There is a glint in those Serbian eyes and it does not bode well for Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic has stuck to Federer's heels like a nasty piece of pavement chewing gum and he is finally ahead for the first time with a gritty, ballsy hold of serve. What have you got now, Roger? Incredibly the Swiss has to serve to stay in the match next.


    Harriet Halfhead on Twitter: "Absorbing tennis, just beautiful to watch. Still in my coat and scarf having come straight in and turned on the tennis - go Federer."

    Ronan Hunter Blair on Twitter: "Will my chemistry teacher understand I couldn't make the coursework deadline because of the scintillating match tonight?"

    Dom Dunne on Twitter: "54 minutes to my chemistry investigation deadline! found work impossible for the last two hours. Go Roger!"

    Keep your thoughts coming via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbctennis, or text us on 81111 (and don't forget to put your name on your texts).

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic is never out of a game! Just amazing. Where did that come from?"

    Djokovic breaks serve- Federer 6-7 (6-8) 5-5 Djokovic*

    He seemed six foot under in this set, but suddenly Novak Djokovic sits bolt up right and hauls himself into contention. An instinctive jab volley at the net takes the opening point for Roger Federer. Feline reflexes and they needed to be because Djokovic's cross-court scoop was heading in. Djokovic, looking a little weary, tugs into the net to give Federer 40-15 and two set points. That seems like the Serb's lot in the set. Federer is a whisker away with a backhand out wide though. Half the crowd were cheering thinking it was in. The Swiss is into the net on his second as well. Federer then floats long to hand Djokovic break-back point and Djokovic cranks up the pressure gauge with relentless baseline hitting that eventually finds one of the few flaws in the Federer game and completes the resurrection.

    *Federer 6-7 (6-8) 5-4 Djokovic

    A Roger Federer winner brings cheers from the red and white ranks in the stands, but their man is keeping his powder dry to serve out the set next.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "It's now gone 10pm, and if we go to a third set, it will be interesting to see how we're going to get 17,000 people back into central London. I'm supposed to be on the Tube, and I'd just like to say that if there are any taxi drivers watching on BBC Three, we're going to need a lot of cabs!"


    Hetty Knox on Twitter: "Fed needs to close this set out fast otherwise he'll never have the legs if it goes to a third."

    James Caine on Twitter: "This match just shows why Djokovic and Federer are seen as two of the greatest players in tennis."

    Risto Salminen on Twitter: "I want to see more of that first-set stuff."

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "I think we're going to see more of Federer coming to the net. He's done it 14 times in the match and won 12 points. If he is starting to feel the pace, I think we'll see him take more risks with his forehand and come to the net when he has the chance."

    Federer 6-7 (6-8) 5-3 Djokovic*

    Roger Federer's second double fault of the match gives Novak Djokovic 15-30. Is this the Serb's chance? A Federer forehand whizzes through in the next point, but a snappy return catches Federer out for 30-40 and break-back point. A Federer ace saves that one. Another big chance for Djokovic as a hefty net cord dollies up an high mid-court forehand for him to thrash away. He doesn't though. The Serb tries to make it a little too perfect and pushes wide. He is wide-eyed at his own mistake. Federer doesn't give him the chance to make amends. The Swiss advances to the net to close the games out. When the analysts are picking over the remains of this match this game will provide plenty of scraps. It could be pivotal.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "If this was a football match, we'd now be in the second half of extra-time. I make that point because it shows that tennis is a difficult sport to train for. You don't know how how long you're going to be out there. It could be an explosive one-hour game, or you could be out there for six hours."

    *Federer 6-7 (6-8) 4-3 Djokovic

    Both players are still suffering from altitude sickness from the incredibly high standards of the opening set. Novak Djokovic holds serve with relative ease. The atmosphere at the O2 seems a little muted as the crowd recover a bit as well.

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "I think we were tempted to focus on Federer, and ask whether he was looking a little jaded. But right now, it's Djokovic looking a little fatigued."


    From Stuart in London, via text on 81111: "Just back from Berlin and on the Piccadilly Line about to go underground at Hammersmith - nervous 20 mins of silence!"

    From Andy, via text: "Can't understand why this isn't a grand slam. Great tennis, hope this goes to a third set!"

    From Paul, via text: "Love Fed but want see Djokovic win. Is there anyone better who you'd trust more to come back from behind? He does it so often in sets to win matches."

    Federer 6-7 (6-8) 4-2 Djokovic*

    Novak Djokovic is practically break-dancing on the O2 floor as he scrambles around in an attempt to back back just one more of the forceful Roger Federer forehands. He might win style points for his athleticism, but there are not enough tennis points in there to apply serious pressure to Federer.


    From John Ts in London, via text on 81111: "I have a philosophy essay to finish concerning Locke's distinctions between primary and second qualities. However, this match is top quality. Uni deadlines were made to be broken right?"


    Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Can't watch I'm a Celebrity no more, I'm catching up on the tennis... Come on Federer, end the season with another title please!"

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "Somehow Djokovic has hung in again. He's playing a high-risk game. If he attacks the Federer forehand and gets a short ball, he can go to the backhand side. Both of these players have the ability to turn on their brilliance so suddenly, that the match can turn around in no time. It happened three, four, five times in the first set. I wouldn't like to say who's going to win this."

    *Federer 6-7 (6-8) 3-2 Djokovic

    With both players making mistakes, Roger Federer has slipped back into his shell a touch and is prepared to sit back, allow Novak Djokovic to chance his arm and see what the Serb comes up with. A few duff groundstrokes from Djokovic prove that it is a shrewd tactic as a break point emerges for Federer. The Swiss can't make the most of it though, netting with his own forehand. Djokovic holds as Federer flashes a forehand wide.

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "If Djokovic can get that ball deep to the Federer backhand with a bit of top spin so it jumps up at him, he is likely to get a shorter ball."

    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    "This second set has been littered with more errors than anything either man has played all week. I guess they can't keep up the standard all the time."


    Ben Wood on Twitter: "Does Federer actually sweat?? Top-quality match - still can't call it."

    Trevor Hopskinson on Twitter: "Awesome match so far, C'MON Djokovic!!!"

    Hayley Broad on Twitter: "God I love Andrew Castle: 'Hey, is that Lemar? Cool.'"

    Federer 6-7 (6-8) 3-1 Djokovic*

    Novak Djokovic eventually pierces Roger Federer's defences for 30-30 after seeing the Swiss parry and fetch almost everything he has. Federer comes forward and slides away a cute volley on the next point but he is not out of the woods yet by any means. Djokovic draws the error to take the match to deuce, but Federer snuffs out his resistance with an ace and he is through to safety. "Three more holds, three more," thinks Roger.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic is absolutely steaming now, because in his own mind, he gave his serve away in the opening game of the second set, having built up the momentum."

    *Federer 6-7 (6-8) 2-1 Djokovic

    Maybe Roger Federer's tactic for making more of the early advantage than he did in the opener is to stick at one break rather than burn energy twisting for two. He certainly did not offer much resistance to Novak Djokovic's second service game.


    From Michael at the O2, via text on 81111: "In the near rows, shouting myself hoarse. Don't have the throat for a Federer turn-around."


    From Azam, via text on 81111: "I really want to go to bed but this match is far too compelling!"

    Federer 6-7 (6-8) 2-0 Djokovic*

    Roger Federer holds with ruthless effeciency. He will be determined to keep a tighter grip on an early lead than he managed in the opening set.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "That game was as much about what was going on between the ears as what was happening on the tennis court. The heaviest blow at the end of that game has been delivered to Novak's racquet. That won't see the light of day again."


    Maryam K Kardan on Twitter: "I know it's early in the second but I'd really like this to go all the way. Though not sure who I want to win."

    Wayne Donnelly on Twitter: "Federer v Djokovic -unbelievable yet again. Tennis of the gods - genius against genius."

    Federer breaks serve- *Federer 6-7 (6-8) 1-0 Djokovic

    Just no let-up in the drama. The quality of the play may have dropped a notch though. Roger Federer squanders a break point with a loose backhand between the tramlines at 30-40 and then does the same with a second from advantage. Djokovic has a chance to punish his profligacy, but plants the ball wide with a healthy slice of court to aim at. Federer pumps long at the end of a long rally to give the Serb advantage once more and Djokovic hollers in delight as he watches the ball drop. Djokovic fails to convert and another game point goes begging as he wafts a forehand long. The Serb is getting more demonstrative and there is an exasperated shrug as Federer lands one deep to bring up break point. Federer screws wide to let him off the hook but another one right on the baseline whitewash sets up a fourth break point. This time Djokovic cracks with a backhand wide and the offending racquet pays the price and he hurls it the deck in annoyance at allowing Federer an early break.


    From Robin Bate in Edinburgh, via text on 81111: "The best two players on the planet in action - and the pub is watching football!"


    Neil Rushbrook on Twitter: "Djokovic has the legs, lead, mental strength and defence to close this out in two sets."

    Ally Hewet on Twitter: "That has to be the best set of tennis I have ever seen! The Federer point to equal at 6-6 in the tie-break was a delight to watch!"

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Top two players in the world battling it out in the final and it shows. Amazing standard but Novak has the edge now."

    Don't forget that you can join in with this commentary via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbctennis, or by text to 81111.

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "What do you say to Federer after a set like that? Bad luck; good luck in the next set. I think the two key shots for Federer are the first serve and the forehand. Can he keep the percentage high on the first serve to set up the one-two punch? On the rallies, can he play the backhand to set up the forehand?"


    Ali on Twitter: "If Federer is Barcelona than Murray is Celtic; Scottish, resilient and not particularly likeable - however, able to beat the best."

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Magnificent set of tennis. Glorious. That's one of the highest standards of tennis I've seen in one set. Unbelievable."

    Federer 6-7 (6-8) Djokovic*

    The Federer backhand falters to hand the initiative back to Novak Djokovic, surrendering a mini-break to the Serb for 5-4. Federer counters with a mini-break of his own as he stretches Djokovic beyond snapping point. The crowd are silent in rapt attention as Djokovic misses with his first serve but a deliberately crafted point behind his second gives him 6-5 and a set point on Federer's serve. An astonishing retrieval from Federer evens things up and leaves jaws on the floor in the stands. A backhand between the tramlines is very much more mortal from Federer though as he coughs up a mini-break. Now it is set point on the Djokovic serve and the Serb keeps this one mercifully free of drama, cracking away a winning forehand. Incredible, intoxicating stuff.


    From Charles Morris in Sherborne, via text on 81111: "I think that Federer will be able to turn up the dial like he did against Murray last night and take the title."

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "It's just swings and roundabouts this set, isn't it?"

    Tie-break- Federer 6-6 (3-3) Djokovic*

    More nip and tuck than a Los Angeles plastic surgery. Djokovic nicks the Federer serve on the opening point of the tie-break to seize an initial mini-break, a rolling backhand from Federer snatches it back for 2-1. The Swiss holds his next two serve and Djokovic does likewise on the sixth point. 3-3 as the pair break for drinks.


    From Ash in Leeds, via text on 81111: "Not convinced tennis is about nationality. It's all about the individual and that's why the Fed gets the support. True legend!"


    Jamie Semark on Twitter: "Why the fuss about the crowd last night? Not everyone in there was British, and those that are can support whoever they want."

    Matt Black on Twitter: "Roger Federer is the Man Utd of tennis, you write him off at your peril."

    Neesar Ahmed on Twitter: "This is going to be one of the great encounters we have seen between these two. I can feel it."


    From Andrew in London, via text on 81111: "If Federer is Barcelona... Does that make Del Potro Celtic?"

    Keep the texts coming, but please remember to put your name on - as Andrew has - or we can't use them.

    *Federer 6-6 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic serve is in the wars early on as well as Roger Federer whittles away a couple of points for 0-30. Reports of the demise of the Serb's serve have been very much exaggerated it turns out. It returns in rude health, all kick and pop, to take the next four points and take us into a tie-break.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "You don't win at professional level without being able to do the basics right. Federer was prepared to grind there."

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "I think I'd give Djokovic 5/10 for the dive there. If you cut yourself, it can't be that good."


    Richard Dumbill on Twitter: "This has been obscenely good viewing so far."

    Anoop Saxena on Twitter: "Federer draws first blood?"

    Federer 6-5 Djokovic*

    Novak Djokovic hurls himself across the O2 boards in pursuit of a Roger Federer groundstroke. It is in vain and Federer holds serve to edge ahead once again. The Serb has scraped his elbow for his pains and the courtside doctor is out to patch him up. He is having a bit of trouble getting the plaster to stick on the sweaty Australian Open champion. He seems to have opted for some fancy talcum powder instead.


    From Aayush in Ilford, via text on 81111: "Please don't compare Djokovic to Man Utd. He's actually likeable!"

    From Waqar in Birmingham, via text: "If Djokovic is the Man Utd of tennis, then Federer is Barcelona. Majestic, class, sublime, at his best he is unbeatable!"


    Holly Evans on Twitter: "One of the most amazing things about watching the top two players in the world is that you can't write either one off."

    Shannon Walker on Twitter: "Don't care who wins but its a great match!"

    Daniel Thomas on Twitter: "This game a microcosm of the tennis scene at the moment. Federer dazzling, Djokovic resilient and brutal. Nadal missing."

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "I just don't know what to expect next. Djokovic 30-0 up serving for the set, made two routine mistakes. He had his chance."

    Federer breaks serve- *Federer 5-5 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic serves into the ribs of Roger Federer to send 'set point' whirring round the O2's LCD screens. He misses with his first serve on the next point though and Federer, after looking a little loopy trajectory-wise flattens out his backhand to take it to deuce. Djokovic blinks first in an exchange of slice backhands, planting just outside the back corner of the Swiss side of the court. Break point Federer and a stretching Djokovic forehand is snared by the net. As you were. Five 24-carat games apiece.


    From Tim in Marlow, via text on 81111: "I see Pippa Middleton is at the tennis. Probably conducting research for her next book, 'How To Play Tennis' - which by the standards of her debut effort, will probably contain such gems as, "You may find it helpful to hold the racket in your hand" and, 'It's best to hold the thin end and hit the ball with the round, stringy bit'."


    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "I think both players are feeling the nerves a little bit. We've seen moments of brilliance from both players, but not at the same time."


    NT Ndlazi on Twitter: "Roger Federer/Novak Djokovic duels are always a marvel to watch. Unforced errors are hurting Federer."

    Benjamin Watts on Twitter: "Some rip-roaring Tennis going on at the O2 Arena!! Sorry Andy, but these are the best two players in the world..."

    Ethan Friskney-Adams on Twitter: "This game is on a knife's edge. I think if Djoko takes the first set though, that this is his game to lose."

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "It's incredible, Djokovic's resistance, but you don't normally talk about Federer missing seven forehands in a game. When you reflect on the way Federer's played in this tournament, and that he has one of the best forehands the game has ever seen, to make that many unforced errors in one game is not good."

    Djokovic breaks serve- Federer 4-5 Djokovic*

    Is that a flicker of concern flickering across the Roger Federer visage as he punts long to bring up 30-30? He takes an extra second over his serve and it is time well spent as he produces an ace. Djokovic nicks the next to take it to deuce though, and then pounces on a mid-court ball to send a forehand, fizzing with top-spin, into the open court. Break point Djokovic. Federer claws it back with a second serve out wide that Djokovic can't get back in court. Ding-dong. See-saw. The pair tussle back and forth from deuce and Federer's advantage. Djokovic chisels out another break point, a body serve from Federer redeems that one as well. Djokovic's backhand is called out, and the video review backs up an impassive female line judge. But Djokovic bats back another Federer game point, sets up a break point of his own with an astonishing lunging forehand winnner after slipping on the baseline. It is third time lucky for the Serb. Federer fluffs into the net and the entertainment value soars up through the stratosphere. Superb stuff, Djokovic to serve for the set next.


    Peter McBride on Twitter: "Tie break? So close."

    Steenkash on Twitter: "On court, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are machines. They have nerves of steel."

    Keep your comments coming please, via Twitter using the hashtag #bbctennis or text on 81111.


    From Bertie Paterson in Norwich, via text on 81111: "Novak is the Man Utd of tennis, always keeping calm and managing to get himself back in the game."

    *Federer 4-4 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic whips a glorious forehand pass across Roger Federer to seal his easiest hold of the match so far. This one is as difficult to call as the pre-match coin toss.

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "Federer has the most reliable second serve in the game. In the semi-final last night, he managed to get a couple out wide to the Murray backhand and really stretched him. You need some kick to do that."

    Federer 4-3 Djokovic*

    Roger Federer still has the upper hand for my money. The Swiss's serve incurs just one point of damage as he brushes past Djokovic to make it to the changeover unhassled. It looks like this is the hottest celebrity ticket in town this Monday evening. Cat Deeley, actor Eddie Redmayne and former footballer Robert Pires are also in the swanky seats.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Two tough holds and a break back from Djokovic. And after a blistering start from Federer, the world number one has climbed back into the match magnificently. What now for Federer?"

    CELEB SPOT!- *Federer 3-3 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic gets the runaround at the back of the court and resorts to looking for the killer shot to get himself out of jail. Twice he is off target though as Federer takes him to deuce. The Swiss's backhand is his tradmark mix of silk and steel, slapping deep and hard. Djokovic wades through the stream of quality groundstrokes to hang onto serve and is level for the first time. Celebrity bridesmaid Pippa Middleton and Olympic champion Greg Rutherford are in the courtside seats.

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Most players would have been unsettled by that Federer start. Djokovic bided his time, got on the scoreboard and started asking Federer a few more questions. Now he's back in the set. And he just had a little look down the court at Federer as if to say: 'I'm still here.'"


    Saqib Rao on Twitter: "Federer just plays some sublime tennis whenever he's in the UK but has to be careful of Djoko, who can turn it on all of a sudden."

    Djokovic breaks serve- Federer 3-2 Djokovic*

    It is like the curtain call of the best play you have ever seen after an absorbing opening point. The pair batter each other to exhaustion, shots pinging to all corners with speed and spin, before Federer threads the ball down the line to clinch it. The crowd's roar their approval to the rafters, and there are heads shaking in disbelief. Novak Djokovic has dug his toes in and out-hustles Roger Federer, shaking him down for a break point at 30-40. Federer strays long to concede it and Djokovic's gaze lingers a moment at the man at the opposite end. Back on serve and the Serb is back in the set.


    Becky Hart on Twitter: "Regarding the crowd at the semi-final last night, it was less the support for Fed (understandable), more the disrespectful treatment (jeers etc) of Murray that was the problem..."

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic already looks like he's gone 15 rounds with Mike Tyson. But he'll work his way back in."

    WHAT A SHOT!- *Federer 3-1 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic pops his head above the parapet as he takes a 40-30 lead with some solid serving. The bullets are still zinging around out there though. Roger Federer crashes a running forehand past him at an irretrievable angle and then pegs Djokovic back from advantage with another spiteful little blighter from the baseline. Djokovic finds his voice with a precision punch down the line to seal the game though. The standard of tennis is suffocatingly high out there.


    Mark Thomas on Twitter: "Quite a good start from Federer. Just nine points in a row."

    Charlotte Barlow on Twitter: "Federer playing marvellously and looking pretty in blue. #girlycomment"

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "If you're playing against Federer when he's in this mood, you have to hope his level drops. The important thing is to concentrate on your own game. He's started incredibly well, but Djokovic has got to regroup and start to get involved in this match."

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "I saw Federer do this to Lleyton Hewitt in a US Open final once. It was an 18-minute set."

    SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGE- Federer 3-0 Djokovic*

    Novak Djokovic is on the ropes. The Serb gets a round of extra-loud applause as he registers on the scoreboard for the first time in the tenth point of the match. From 40-15, he manages to delay the inevitable as he successfully challenges an apparent Federer ace. Djokovic hits his first clean winner to pull back another point, but a backhand that comes off the middle of the racquet sweetly as a nut seals it for Federer. A jaw-dropping opening chapter.


    From Ryan in Rushden, via text on 81111: "In tennis, everyone has their favourite - I'm a die-hard Federlite - but I don't think anyone should slate Andy for what he has achieved this year!!"

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Not a start that's going to settle Djokovic down. It's like kicking off in a football match, the opposition having 20 passes and putting the ball in your net, and you're 1-0 down before you've even touched the ball. Long way to go, though."

    Federer breaks serve- *Federer 2-0 Djokovic

    An astonishing start from Federer as he breaks to love to follow up that commanding hold. Djokovic double-faults to hand him the opening point but Federer doesn't need any help as rips the remaining three from Djokovic's grasp. Eight straight points for the man for Basle.


    Michael Blighe on Twitter: "Federer's first service game was immense! The man just never seems to lose the touch. Fantastic start!"

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "I see Federer's serve's gone off overnight."


    Dom Breslin on Twitter: "Stunning opening game from Federer! Does he look fired up!"

    Federer 1-0 Djokovic*

    Federer stumbled out of the blocks against Andy Murray last night. One minute twenty seconds and an emphatic hold to love later and anyone wondering if there may be a repeat tonight has been put right.


    Ryan Hanson on Twitter: "Re: 1957. Kris, Murray has done something Federer has never done - win an Olympic men's singles title. Ironically, I prefer Federer."

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "If I was going to critique Federer's game, I'd say that his movement in and out of the corners has slowed slightly. But that means when he gets the opportunities, he's prepared to take even more risks. He has to do that here. Djokovic is the best mover I've ever seen on a tennis court. If you're going to beat him, you've got to take risks."

  101. 2014: 

    On the crowd's leanings last night, I think if you host a tournament in the financial district of one of the most expensive and cosmopolitan cities on earth, you have to expect that there will be quite a multi-national mix in the house. It isn't Braehead Arena for the Davis Cup. But if you are a Brit, I reckon you have to be peculiarly detached for Murray not to be your man.


    Marie F in London, via text on 81111: "I hope Novak wins tonight. He's been great all season and thoroughly deserves to win the tour finals. Plus when I met him on Wednesday, I told him he was going to win it - and I don't like being wrong!"

    From Colin in Ormskirk, via text: "Got to say I thought it was pretty disgusting the lack of support for Murray on British soil in his match against Federer. He deserved better following his amazing year."

    From Peter Lederman in London, via text: "Djokovic looked very shaky yesterday. If he can get the early break, that will settle the nerves."


    Stewart Mills on Twitter: "Murray has the lion's share of support against everyone bar The Federer when playing in the UK. Gotta be happy with that."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the O2 Arena

    "Great reception for Federer as ever, noticeably less feverish than last night though. Many of the travelling Swiss maybe had to return home for the working week, not used to their man playing finals on a Monday. It feels relatively calm compared to the crackling atmosphere 24 hours ago."

  105. 2009: 

    The players are out on court. Roger Federer wins the toss and will tee-off, serving first. The crowd clap-o-meter sounded like a narrow Federer win to me as the players were introduced, but we have a man out on the ground who is taking a more exact temperature in the stalls....


    Tom Chappell on Twitter: "C'mon Feds, let's make it 3 years in a row."

    Matt of York on Twitter: "Looking forward to a great game. The best player ever against best in the world now (so the rankings say). Great end to year."

    Stephanie Siu on Twitter: "I won't be able to stand it if Federer wins. Come on Djokovic, show him why you're year-ending number one!"

  107. 2006: 

    Roger Federer may be the most popular player around the globe, but Novak Djokovic does a fine line in public relations. The Serb handed out chocolates to the world's media after his semi-final press conference. And when I mean handed out, I don't mean lobbed them on a table and said 'help yourselves'. I mean walked round the whole room ensuring every camera operator and work experience got their treat. What a gentleman.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Every now and then, Federer can turn it on, and his highest level is the best of anybody in the world."


    Jonny, London via text: "The crowd's reaction to Murray last night was nothing short of a disgrace. He has just become the first male Briton to win a Slam for 75 years, not to mention his Olympic gold, and those who were not giving him their full throated backing should take a look at themselves."

    Gareth, Chelmsford via text: "Whilst I understand that not everybody is liked, this anti-Murray attitude is tiresome. He's British and he's successful. What more can you ask for?"

    Kris in London via text: "I was at the O2 yesterday and again tonight, both times supporting Fed. Perhaps when Murray has 17 slams he'll gain the same global support. A sporting legend."

    Anne Fotso from London via text: "Will be cheering for Djokovic; met him last Wednesday and was so nice and grateful for the support. Something Murray could learn from."

    My. Quite a reaction on the text and a genuinely even split of opinion.

  110. 1957: 

    Eyes-down for the form guide for the main event now. Roger Federer leads the career head-to-head with Novak Djokovic, amassing 16 wins to 12. The two have met four times this year with Djokovic winning in Rome and Roland Garros and Federer taking revenge at Wimbledon and Cincinnati. One Grand Slam title each in Australia and SW19 respectively. In summary: it is tighter than whichever simile you choose to think of.

  111. 1952: 

    The doubles final has just come to an end. Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who beat the Anglo-Danish partnership of Jonnie Marray and Freddie Nielsen in the semis, have overcome India's Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupati 10-3 in a Championship tie-break.

  112. 1949: 

    While you are punching away on the keys, why not reach for the remote and tune the tellybox to BBC Three where coverage from the O2 has already begun. While you are up there is commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra as well. Oh, and now you are back in your seat is now a good time to mention that you can stream both from this very page on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website?


    To get in touch you'll want to label your texts from UK mobiles with 81111 and attach the #bbctennis hashtag to your tweets. Keep em' coming throughout.

  114. 1943: 

    The reaction of the crowd when the two players do step out on court will be very interesting. Several of the newspapers' reports of Andy Murray's defeat to Roger Federer last night focused on how much of the crowd were cheering on the Swiss rather than the Scot. So first talking point of the day; who are you cheering for tonight and should all right-thinking Britons be more behind Murray than either of the finallists?

  115. 1940: 

    The man on the public address system at the O2 loves that sort of thing. Try turning off the lights, reading it out in your best X-Factor voice and wafting some shower steam from the bathroom around you. You could almost be about to step out on court down in south London.

  116. 1936: 

    In the other we have a man who is so cool, he has anti-freeze for blood. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, the man who has occupied the world number one slot for longer than any other player in history and winner of a record six season finale titles: Roger Federer.

  117. 1934: 

    In one corner we have Novak Djokovic. The steely-eyed streetwise warrior is current world number one, winner of four of the last eight Grand Slams, and undefeated throughout the tournament.

  118. 1930: 

    A deserted Wild West main street, complete with tumbleweed and the shake of a rattlesnake's tail. A long way from the all-singing lasers and lights of the O2 Arena, but possibly the only place better-suited to tonight's tennis action.

    It is the final scene of 2012 ATP calendar and, after skirmishes throughout the year, the two most-feared gunslingers around face each other in a winner-takes-all duel.

    Put on the popcorn. It is the final of the ATP World Tour Finals.

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