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2012 ATP World Tour Finals: Did It Play out Just as We Expected?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory after his men's singles final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eight of the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Jeff CohnCorrespondent IIINovember 13, 2012

Novak Djokovic clinched his second title at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday, taking out the No. 2 seed and fan favorite, Roger Federer.

Winning by a scoreline of 7-6 (6), 7-5, the match seemed far from a straight-set encounter, especially for going in the Serb's favor.

Novak performed similarly against Federer as he did in his semifinals win over Juan Martin del Potro. In this sense, he went down early in the opening set and looked sluggish while attempting to get the service break back.

He kept the balls in play and waited for Roger's errors, and sure enough they came. Feds was up 3-0 in the first set and 5-3 (40-15) in the second, only to lose both of them by a matter of points.

The first set could have gone either way as Roger was able to scrape himself back into the match, fighting off two set points until he would collapse at six points a piece in the tiebreak, but the second set was supposed to allow for a third.

Looking back at the entire tournament it seems simple to think that Federer and Djokovic would likely square off in the final and display a classic. David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic probably wouldn't have taken out Nole in the semis or the final.

Andy Murray would have a tough time in this tournament, considering he has never even reached the final before (and still hasn't), though he lost by a couple points against Rafael Nadal in 2010.

The other contender besides Murray would be Juan Martin del Potro, and of course, these four made the semifinals.

Delpo couldn't keep up the firepower to move Djokovic around the court and Murray couldn't keep his head together after surrendering the first set. These were all ideas that the tennis world had seen before.

Would Federer play well in the final and get off to a quick start only to find his opponent clawing back in the match? Would Djokovic use his stubborn defense and aggressive ability to pinpoint the Swiss' backhand in order to keep the match even?

Roger is a quick starter—he ordinarily either breaks in the first game of the opening set or drops that set and breaks in the first game of the second set, and this occurred in both sets.

But the Maestro seems to be a little out of sorts these days and has shown a lack of confidence in closing out sets (forget matches). His forehand isn't doing enough damage and his backhand is too erratic, but Novak was labeled as the favorite to win the tournament from the start, and this spectacle played out as if we had all read the script before experiencing the tournament.

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