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    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
    11/15/2014 3:59:52 PM
    It's the second semi-final in the doubles - the legendary Bryan brothers, up against the all-French pairing of Julien Benneteau and Eduard Roger-Vasselin (who I always think sounds like he got off a ship in Hastings in 1066). 
    11/15/2014 4:04:47 PM
    GIVE ME 10
    Folks, I am going to go and get a cup of tea....I shall return in 10 minutes refreshed and ready to rock for a bit of doubles, some debate - just been arguing about the best shot ever played on a tennis court, your suggestions to @skysportstennis - and a look ahead to this evening's clash between Federer and Wawrinka. Boom - it doesn't get better.
    11/15/2014 4:09:27 PM
    I just got horribly lost in the O2, I don't mind admitting. This place is massive and a total maze. 
    11/15/2014 4:38:14 PM
    Kei was playing great and this has been the best season of his life but he made some crucial double-faults in the third set.

    11/15/2014 4:39:35 PM
    "Of course I will watch the semi-final (between Federer and Wawrinka) - I'll get some popcorn and enjoy it from my bed...."

    11/15/2014 4:42:17 PM

    Here's what defeat looks like...
    11/15/2014 4:45:18 PM

    11/15/2014 4:45:41 PM

    'Good game chief, good game...
    11/15/2014 4:47:03 PM
    Nishikori will be up first, so the media centre is emptying. Have you ever wondered what the media centre looks like at a major tennis event? Of course you haven't, but I'll show you anyway....the big screen in the middle is the stats screen, which provides real time stats, eg, first serve percentages, rallies won in iess than six shots....all the usual stuff. So if I give you a stat, it's not because I'm a total ninja and am keeping count - it's because of team of stats squirrels keeps it updated...

    11/15/2014 4:54:47 PM
    So, next match is the doubles, at 6pm, then it's Fed v Waw at 8pm, or at least, no earlier than 8pm. And I can tell you, from getting hopelessly lost in the O2, that the place is packed with Swiss fans, most of them wearing their red Switzerland trackies.
    11/15/2014 4:59:52 PM
    I was debating/arguing about the greatest shot ever hit on a tennis court. A few votes from press colleagues around me for Federer's through the legs passing shot against Djokovic at the 2011 US Open. I have two suggestions. Trick shots? Mneh. Not for me. Context is everything. Federer, match point down against Nadal in THAT Wimbledon final, Nadal serves wide to Fed's backhand in the advantage court, and the Swiss maestro hits a drive like a tracer bullet, a centemetre over the net, passing Nadal. He had an inch to aim for. It was breathtaking, the only shot which has ever made me fall of the sofa, ending up looking a bit like William Defoe in Platoon. It was an impossibly nerveless shot in the circumstances shot - but he made it.

    11/15/2014 5:14:04 PM
    The second? Against me, scuffing ineffectually round the Hampshire junior circuit in the mid 80s. Bloke - can't remember his name - was beating me comfortably anyway, ended up about three and three. But early in the second set I chipped and charged to the net...decent approach to his backhand, and Bloke switches his racquet to his left hand and does me with a perfect, whippy crosscourt passing shot. It was the only shot in the whole match he played with his left hand. It haunts my dreams to this day, 30 years later. Why did he do it? I just want to know why? Was it you? If so, please tell me - why? 

    11/15/2014 5:14:59 PM
    Some unkind suggestions from my colleagues in the press box. 
    1) 'Because he could'. 
    2) 'He played the whole match - bar that one shot - with his wrong hand.' Yeah right. 
    11/15/2014 5:16:49 PM
    Hang on a minute...Oh. My. God. That is probably it, isn't it....
    11/15/2014 5:17:27 PM
    Kei has been answering the questions from the tennis press. First question: 'Is it possible to beat Novak on this court'.....

    "I would say I was close, sure. Even though the last set was a bagel, I had a couple of chances in the first couple of games in the third set. The first set he played really good, too good for me. The second, I played well, he got tight, and I took some risks. Even in the first couple of points in the third set, I thought I had it. I think I did too many unforced errors, then he started to play better." -

    11/15/2014 5:21:20 PM

    Q: Was fatigue a factor in the third set?

    "Mentally maybe I am a little bit. Physically I think I am getting stronger but yeah, I think it's going to be very important I do well this December, a lot of training, good practice, try to prepare for next year.  Roger, Novak, Rafa, they have more experience. It's always tough to play them. But I think I'm getting really close. I beart Roger this year and also Novak too." - Kei Nishikori

    11/15/2014 5:26:46 PM
    [price-boost]Stanislas Wawrinka faces Roger Federer for a chance to play defending champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday's ATP World Tour final. Federer is a huge favourite so Sky Bet have Price Boosted Wawrinka to win a set from 6/4 to 7/4.
    11/15/2014 7:30:00 PM

    Yep, we are AWESOME!
    11/15/2014 7:34:41 PM
    The head-to-head stats don't give Wawrinka much of a chance. 16 times they've met, and Waw has won just twice. The last time they clashed was at Wimbledon this year, Fed winning in four. Wawrinka's two victories came in the same tournament - the Monte Carlo Masters, so on clay. They came this year, in the final, and back in 2009. The scary thing for Waw is that 10 of his 14 defeats have been in straight sets. In 16 matches, he has won just eight sets. But here's the silver lining....he has either beaten, or taken sets off Federer in their last four meetings. So he has closed the gap....
    11/15/2014 7:48:01 PM
    FED v WAW
    What can we say about Federer? Well, let's all be honest, last year most pundits and 'experts' had written him off, in fact most wrote him off probably two years ago. The most astonishing thing, for me, is that despite winning all those Grand Slams, despite already being one of the greatest of all time, he decided that - at the age of 32 - he was going to change his racket. That takes a certain amount of courage, doesn't it? The result - ten finals in 2014, of which he won five, taking titles in Dubai, Halle, Cincinnati, Shanghai and Basel, to add to the 77 he won before 2014. Wawrinka is only four years younger but has won just seven titles in his whole career, three of them this year - Chennai, the Australian Open and Monte Carlo.
    11/15/2014 7:55:48 PM

    11/15/2014 7:56:50 PM
    Wawrinka holds to 30 - there is really not much between these two once the serve is back in play. That game could have gone either way but again, it's an unforced error from Federer which hands Wawrinka the final point. He looks cross with himself...
    11/15/2014 8:28:42 PM
    That's more like it from Federer - a straightforward hold to 15. His mixing up the serves nicely, power, then slice, then booming top-spin, and Wawrinka could not find a rhythm at all. A little fist pump from Fed at the end of the game too...he likes it.
    11/15/2014 8:31:11 PM
    Boom! Some absolute thunderbolt serving from Wawrinka there - 135mph. He's going for it. He is only getting 50 per cent of his first serves in, which is woeful at this level. But there's a reason - he has won 100 per cent of the points when he has got his first serve in. So, he might as well keep going for it. He holds to 15...not a lot Roger can do there. 
    11/15/2014 8:35:17 PM
    Wawrinka breaks again! There was a massive, massive point you feel, at 30-30 there. It was a long rally, Fed was bossing it, he went for an attacking forehand shot, hit hit the top of the net, the ball bounced up - the Arena held it's breath - and back down on Fed's side. 30-40. Fed drops a second serve too short, and Wawrinka powers a winner. 
    11/15/2014 8:38:54 PM
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