By the end of 2012, Juan Martin Del Potro had won two ATP indoor titles. The Argentine won matches in Vienna and Basel, allowing him to compete in the ATP Finals for the first time in three years. Juan Martin advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Janko Tipsarevic and Roger Federer, setting up a showdown with No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic, Novak, No. 1. No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the world. Del Potro jumped out to an early lead against Djokovic, 6-4, 2-1, and appeared to be in command of the match. However, the Serbian stepped up his game and eventually prevailed in two hours and twelve minutes by scores of 4-6, 6-3, and 6-2.
For the seventh time in nine matches, Novak completely dominated Juan Martin, winning the decisive first serve game and 14 more points. When Djokovic was down a set and a break, he kept his composure and began attacking his opponent’s backhand more often, resulting in four return games that won the match for him.
The Serb raced to the top and kept Roger Federer in check by saving five of seven break points and taking control in the middle of the second set. They were evenly matched in the long points, but Djokovic won the match by making fewer errors and more winners in the medium and short points.
After 47 minutes of play, del Potro won the first set, 6-4, with a break at 15 in the ninth game. After the Argentine went up 2-1 in the second set, the Serb battled back from a break down to win the match in four sets.
To force a deciding game, Novak won game eight by breaking twice and then holding at 30 to extend his lead to 5-3.
Djokovic took his Wimbledon title tally to seven.
There was a recent interview between Kamau Murray and Leif Shiras, and the topic of the Serb’s potential for further Grand Slam success came up.
Furthermore, he remarked on Novak Djokovic’s remarkable level of fitness for a man of 35. Based on his current form and health, Shiras believes Novak Djokovic can win another four or five majors and finish with 26 or 27 overall.
“In spite of the fact that he’s 35 years old, he’s always been an inspiration in terms of physical fitness. Even when he’s down a set to one of these up-and-coming challengers—or even sinner—it seems like he’s unfazed. Simply put, he shifts into a higher gear with his brain, legs, and heart “That, he was quick to add.