After an electrifying semifinal game between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka on Saturday the expectation for an all out war like finals on Sunday between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer was as high as one can only imagine. But what actually happened dampened the spirits of tennis fans gathered at the O2 Arena in London. Roger Federer was declared unfit for the match hours before the final and the final never took place for this year’s ATP World Tour Finals.
On Saturday, Roger Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka in a semifinal match which lasted for two hours and 48 minutes by 4-6, 7-5 and 7-6 (8-6). This performance by Federer raised the hope for an excellent final set up between him and Djokovic on Sunday and people were thinking that the semi final result will have some impact on this game as well. But instead Roger Federer came in person to apologize the fans who have paid to watch the game.
“I am sorry; I am not fit to play. I hope you understand. I wanted to come out personally and explain.” said an emotional Federer. He continued by saying, “I did everything I could. I took pain killers and had rest until the very end, but I just cannot compete at this level with Novak. At this age, it would have been a risk.”
In his speech Roger Federer further explained that this injury could be the back spasm or whatever it might be, it is not a good thing to happen to him on this day. It is very uncomfortable for him, but he is very positive and hopeful that it will go away very soon.
By this walk over, Novak Djokovic became the first player since Ivan Lendle to win ATP World Tour Finals thrice in a row. In his speech Djokovic described his happiness to winning the trophy again, but not the way he would want it to win. For Djokovic to win the trophy three times is an incredible achievement, but with this kind of a win, he has decided not to celebrate it. But over all he felt satisfied to end 2014 with this result and he is happy for the efforts he has put on all through the year.
The organizers arranged two exhibition matches to replace the finals. In a pro set match Djokovic defeated Andy Murray by 8-5 and then Murray paired up with legendary John McEnroe and beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash by 8-6 in a doubles contest.