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Ferrer smashes world No. 1 Djokovic to reach semis at ATP Finals

11-24-2011 10:04 BJT

LONDON, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Spain's David Ferrer thrashed world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets, earning a semifinal berth at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday.

Ferrer, ranked No. 5 in the world, took all his serve games and broke twice in each set, smashing Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 in 76 minutes.

Ferrer became the second player reaching the semifinals after Swiss master Roger Federer grabbed his spot with two wins in Group B on Tuesday.

"I am very motivated," said Ferrer, who took two 2-0 wins in Group A. "I am in the semifinals. I want to enjoy this moment. I don't want to think about the semifinal on Saturday."

Djokovic, who clinched 10 titles including three from the Grand Slams this season, said he even had no words to explain the defeat.

"It was the worst match I've played this season so far, definitely," said the Serbian. "So many unforced errors. I'm not playing well. That's a fact."

Coming to London with a 69-4 record this season, Djokovic fought hard to edge out world No. 7 Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in his opening match on Monday.

"I wasn't on my best in the first match, but I managed to kind of get into the rhythm in the second set," said the 24-year-old. "This match, I have no words to explain. Nothing was going well."

Djokovic will face countryman Janko Tipsarevic in his last group A match while the world No.9 replaced injured Andy Murray to join the competition from the second round and lost a close match to Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(6).

"There is still a chance," said Djokovic. "But if I don't play at least 50% better than I did tonight. I don't think I will have any chance."

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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