(November 9, 2013) LONDON – In easily one of the best matches seen at the World Tour Finals this year, Roger Federer clinched a place in the semi-final after a hard fought match against Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday.
Six-times a champion at the season-ending champions. Federer had to come back from 0-3 down in final set after going down a set to Del Potro, closing out the victory 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-5.
It has not been the greatest year for the Swiss and although he has been playing himself into form over the past couple of tournaments, when the tall Argentine went ahead, many feared this would be the end of his run in London.
But it was an impressive comeback in the second set despite being broken by Del Potro again early in the second set. Federer dominated the tie-break as the pair did battle for the third time in as many weeks.
Federer had to kick himself into gear after going down another break at the third of the start set.
“I was probably slightly angry more than thinking it’s going to be over soon,” said Federer, “It’s one of those moments today, because I kind of fought back the whole match – the first, second set. Here we go again.”
He certainly finished with a flourish, sending down an ace to set up the day session semi-final with Rafael Nadal.
Del Potro was left to rue his chances missed.
“I think I got two chances to win the match,” said del Potro. “I broke his serve in the second set and in the third one. But he played great when I was up, and he deserved to come back in both sets.”