Defeat for Djokovic means Rafael Nadal will finish the yr as world No.1 for the fifth time and Djokovic’s bid to affix Pete Sampras on six will proceed.
Federer had performed down discuss of revenge when requested about his impending conflict with Djokovic, however his victory celebration confirmed precisely what it meant.
“It was an ideal efficiency tonight from me,” Federer, who at 38 continues to defy the passing years, stated on court docket.
Requested what he did in another way to the Wimbledon ultimate when he did not convert two championship factors in opposition to Djokovic, the 20-time grand slam champion stated: “I gained the match level!”
Djokovic stated it had been a “dangerous match” from his aspect however admitted Federer had completed every part proper.
“He was the higher participant in all features,” the 32-year-old stated. “I’ve the utmost admiration for him. What he is nonetheless displaying on the court docket is phenomenal.”
Djokovic served two double faults within the third recreation of the match and Federer pounced to interrupt.
With Federer dropping solely three factors on serve within the opening set and delivering eight aces, Djokovic was not given a sniff of a possibility.
Federer confronted just one break level within the match, within the fourth recreation of the second set, and saved it with a volley after battering a forehand deep into the nook.
He broke within the subsequent recreation to guide Three-2 and once more within the ultimate recreation to win to deafening roars.
Earlier, Matteo Berrettini gained his first match in London by beating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-Three), 6-Three.
The match was primarily meaningless as Austria’s Thiem had already certified for the semi-finals after successful his first two round-robin matches whereas Berrettini had no likelihood of advancing after two losses.
Thiem did not play anyplace close to in addition to in his wins over Federer and Djokovic however got here from a break all the way down to power a tiebreaker within the first set.
Nonetheless, Italian Berrettini raced out to a 6-1 lead within the tiebreaker and transformed his third set level with an ace.
Within the second set, the Italian broke for a Four-2 lead and served out the match to like, sealing the win with a forehand drop shot.