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  • [price-boost]Novak Djokovic has been in brilliant form in the World Tour Finals and is the red-hot favourite to see off Kei Nishikori and book his place in the final at the O2. Check out Sky Bet's odds ahead of the semi-final showdown
    11/15/2014 1:46:14 PM
    It's all over! Dodig and Melo are through to the final. Kubot and Lindstedt fought back gamely, but Melo and Dodig win it. And Leif Shiras has just reminded the assembled hacks in the press box that he predicted these two would win it at the start of the tournament. 
    11/15/2014 1:49:30 PM
    Leif also tells us that Melo has been working a little bit with the great Billie Jean King because he was too laid back to get anywhere in the game. She's been working on getting him sufficiently pumped to go out and win things and hey - final at the World Tour Finals is not the worst start is it? 
    11/15/2014 1:51:23 PM
    Just a reminder that the second semi-final later will be between Eduard Roger-Vasselin and his fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau and the American legends Bob and Mike Bryan. That will start no later than 6pm. 
    11/15/2014 1:57:40 PM

  • Dodig and Melo - through to the final 
    11/15/2014 1:58:41 PM
    Here they come, first Nishikori and then Djokovic - the lasers, the smoke, the pumping music. The gladiators enter what is a packed arena. The full O2 treatment!
    11/15/2014 2:05:58 PM
    Nishkori has had his greatest year, of course, reaching the US Open final. He's the first Asian player to reach the Tour Finals, and he is bidding to reach his seventh ATP final of the year. He beat Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 but anyone who saw that match will tell you Murray was lucky to make it that close. He was thoroughly outclassed. 
    11/15/2014 2:09:50 PM
    I always think Nishikori is a similar kind of player to Djokovic. They don't have one, obvious massive weapon - a Federer backhand, a Raonic serve - but they do everything well. Djokovic is doing everything 'well-er' than everyone else this week but I fancy Nishikori, who is living the dream and has nothing to lose, can give him a game this afternoon....
    11/15/2014 2:12:52 PM
  • 11/15/2014 2:13:51 PM
    Great start from the world No 1 who looks absolutely PUMPED out there, bristling with aggression. He wins the opening game of the match to 15, with ease. He is looking to attack, definitely, pouncing on anything short and charging the net. Nish got somewhat blown away there. 
    11/15/2014 2:17:30 PM
    11/15/2014 2:18:01 PM
    Nishikori holds, and you sense that was an important hold too, even in these early stages. It was 30-30 and the pair traded blows from the baseline, and then - shot of the match so far - Nish pulls out a winner with a glorious angled crosscourt backhand winner which wrongfoots Djokovic completely.
    11/15/2014 2:22:27 PM
    Yikes, Djokovic rushes through that service game like a man in a major hurry. Not a sniff for Nish.
    11/15/2014 2:26:41 PM
    BREAK! Trouble at mill for Nishikori. A couple of unforced errors put Djokovic in charge, and although he claws his way back to 30-40, he pumps a forehand wide, going for a winner. Poor shot, poor game from Nishikori.
    11/15/2014 2:28:32 PM
    Frightening - Djokovic powers through that game to love and quite frankly, the precision of his serving means that even if you do get a racket to it, the return is going to drop short, and the world No 1 just clubs it past you for a winner. Nothing Nish could do there - nothing anyone could have done about that, even Leif Shiras. A masterclass so far from Djokovic. Nishikori needs a solid hold here....
    11/15/2014 2:31:32 PM
    ANOTHER BREAK! Well that was a shame for Nish. He was 30-0 down, and suddenly, suddenly seemed to wake up. He attacked, aggressively, and won two cheap points. Then - BAH! - he double faulted...and although he saved the first break point, he couldn't save the next. Djokovic to serve for the first set.

    11/15/2014 2:37:36 PM
    First set to the world No 1! He holds to 15 and this is an utterly brutal demolition job. He could even afford to miss a volley, with the court wide open, that would have shamed a seven-year-old beginner, at 40-0 love. No problem, Nish blazes long on the next point. What can he do about this? 
    11/15/2014 2:39:48 PM

  • 11/15/2014 2:40:53 PM
    NISH BROKEN AGAIN! Well my tennis-loving chums, this is now a bit bit of a procession. Djokovic has this one in the bag surely now, he's serving so well you can't see him being broken. It's not that Nishikori is even playing that badly. But he is being forced to go for winners all the time and he might make one, but he'll miss two, such is the pressure he is under, and those stats add up to one thing - defeat. 
    11/15/2014 2:44:34 PM
    NISHIKORI BREAKS! Hang on while I delete my last post.....damn it, stupid thing won't let me. Well, it's incredible, but Nish battled away there, picked up a couple of cheap points from Djoko errors - and it was errors rather than brilliance from his opponent that let Djokovic down. To complete a rather farcical game, Djoko double faults. Game on? 
    11/15/2014 2:49:21 PM
    [betting]Price Boost backers will be celebrating after Novak Djokovic won the first set 6-1 and returned at 6/1. Bet in-play
    11/15/2014 2:50:39 PM
    And what's this? What's this?! An EASY hold for Nishikori, his first of the match. You know what, he's had a little bit of luck and he definitely needed it - a net cord fell for him there, Djokovic was a fraction long or wide a couple of times - but for the first time in the match Nish has little bit of momentum...
    11/15/2014 2:51:33 PM
    Yep, ok, enough of this, Djokovic seems to be saying there. He holds to love in brutal fashion. He looks a little bit cross for some reason - think someone said something in the crowd he didn't like. 
    11/15/2014 2:53:58 PM

  • The story of the match so far - poor old Nish chasing lost causes.... 

    11/15/2014 2:55:18 PM
    Massive hold for Nish there! At 30-30 you could just see the game slipping away from him but he bullets a forehand winner to set up game point and sees it out from there. Big, big game that for the Japanese and one which should fill him with confidence. Tell you what , I'm going to say it - GAME ON!
    11/15/2014 2:58:44 PM

  • 11/15/2014 2:59:27 PM
    Djokovic holds to 30, but not without a few dramas along the way. Nishikori is stepping it up, trying to dictate terms and get on the front foot. Djokovic doesn't like it - he did that in the first set. Nishikori is really growing in confidence, the body language is there - first pump! Yah! - and he's genuinely back in this match. 
    11/15/2014 3:03:45 PM
    Nishikori holds to 30, a Djokovic framing a backhand wide and it's looking good for the world No 5. Wouldn't say it was a routine hold, but he was always on the front foot and these aggressive tactics are definitely working. Nishikori is having a lot of attention and end changes on his troublesome right wrist. He won't be feeling much pain out there though, I'm sure - his adreneline must be flowing. He had sand kicked his face in the first set - I might as well have been out there - but he's causing Djokovic all sorts of bother in this set. Boris Becker, Djokovic's coach, looks like he is wondering what on earth is going on.
    11/15/2014 3:07:59 PM
    11/15/2014 3:08:52 PM
    WHAT IS GOING ON! Nishikori breaks again in SENSATIONAL style!!! He is bullying Djokovic now, the world No 1 is hanging on. It was 30-30, and Nish sets up a break point with a magnificent down the line winner. Then - point of the match - he runs Djokovic ragged, then drop shots him. Djoko reaches it, just, so Nish lobs him. Djoko reaches it, just - and Nishikori WALLOPS a winner past him. AWESOME!
    11/15/2014 3:13:29 PM
    SECOND SET TO NISHIKORI!!! He holds to 15 with the minimum of fuss and ladies and gentleman, we have a deciding set!
    11/15/2014 3:14:36 PM
    Wow. The stats tell a story. In the first set Djokovic won 22 points in less than five shots, to Nishikori's 5. In the second, those figures are roughly reversed. I said it was all about aggression, and those stats back it up. 

    11/15/2014 3:17:31 PM
    [betting]Well, well, well Kei Nishikori levels things up and it's all to play for with a place in the final up for grabs.  Novak Djokovic remains the odds-on favourite with Nishikori 3/1 to produce a major upset. Bet in-play now
    11/15/2014 3:18:11 PM

  • 11/15/2014 3:18:18 PM
  • DJOKOVIC 6-1 3-6 1-0 NISHIKORI*
    Incredible hold from Djokovic. He was 15-40 down and playing like a drain. But - you live by the sword, you die by it - Nish goes for winners on the next two points and misses both. Djokovic scraps his way through the next two points but he is clinging on. 
    11/15/2014 3:23:24 PM
  • 11/15/2014 3:24:22 PM
  • *DJOKOVIC 6-1 3-6 2-0 NISHIKORI
    Djokovic breaks! Nishikori hands it to him on a plate - nothing flash from Djoko there, just unforced errors. Nish's first serve percentage most be plummeting too. Is he tiring? 
    11/15/2014 3:26:52 PM
  • DJOKOVIC 6-1 3-6 3-0 NISHIKORI*
    Djokovic holds and it's looking ominous for Nishikori now. His groundstrokes have lost their sting, he's not hurting Djokovic any more. He does pull off one fine backhand winner on the run, but Djokovic has moved up about three gears. He's back to his imperious first set posture, strutting around like a cockerel who has decided Nish has had enough fun at his expense. 
    11/15/2014 3:30:53 PM
  • *DJOKOVIC 6-1 3-6 4-0 NISHIKORI
    Djokovic goes a double-break up after a long game with a couple of deuces. But Nish flops an apologetic backhand into the net, and that is probably that. Djokovic is one of only a handful of players in the world who have this incredible ability to move up and down through the gears at will.
    11/15/2014 3:36:32 PM
  • DJOKOVIC 6-1 3-6 5-0 NISHIKORI*
    Crunch. Djokovic holds to love, Nishikori buries his head in his towel at the changeover. After playing almost perfect tennis in the second set, he has been Djokovic-ed in the third. 
    11/15/2014 3:38:57 PM
  • [gsm]DJOKOVIC 6-1 3-6 6-0 NISHIKORI
    That's it!!! A third straight break and Djokovic is through to Sunday's final!
    11/15/2014 3:43:13 PM
  • DJOKOVIC 6-1 3-6 6-0 NISHIKORI
    Well that was one of the most bizarre matches you will ever see. First set, all Djokovic, man against boy, all too easy. Second set - boy goes for it, man doesn't like it. Third set - boy runs out of puff, man bullies boy. 

    11/15/2014 3:45:10 PM

  • 11/15/2014 3:46:16 PM
  • I'm the man, me, me, meeeee!!!!!

    11/15/2014 3:47:37 PM
    The rising Belgian star has just been awarded the comeback of the year award on the court. Why? In September last year he broke his wrist. His world ranking fell to 110 by the start of the year. By the end of Wimbledon he had won just two matches on the tour. Since then, he has gone an incredible 44-4. He won three Challenger events in July, his first ATP tour title at the Austrian Open, then the Moselle Open, and finished his year as the world No 22. He is one to watch last year. Big, big serve, powerful player....

    11/15/2014 3:58:38 PM
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