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Tough nut Djokovic resists Del Potro, hope for Federer

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The hardest nut in men's tennis again proved resistant to the heaviest of sledgehammers as Novak Djokovic absorbed the brute force of Juan Martin del Potro to book his place in the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday. Djokovic's elastic limbs propelled the Serb to a 6-3 3-6 6-3 Group B victory that leaves Del Potro to fight it out with Roger Federer for runner-up spot.

Djokovic through to semi-finals after downing Del Potro

LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic joined Rafa Nadal as a guaranteed semi-finalist at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Argentine Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. The 26-year-old Serb absorbed some brutish attacks from Del Potro before stretching away in the deciding set to earn himself a second victory in Group B. Del Potro now faces a shoot-out with Roger Federer on Saturday to see which of them will join defending champion Djokovic in the last four of the year-ender.

Tennis: Djokovic reaches semis, Federer stays alive

Defending champion Novak Djokovic booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. After Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet earlier in the day 6-4, 6-3 to keep his hopes of a last-four spot alive, Djokovic knew any win against the Argentine fourth seed would guarantee his qualification from Group B with one match still to play. And the world number two seized his chance, surviving a tough test lasting nearly two hours to extend his current winning run to 19 matches.

Tennis: Djokovic sinks Del Potro to reach semis

Defending champion Novak Djokovic booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. After Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet earlier in the day, Djokovic knew any win against the Argentine fourth seed would guarantee his qualification from Group B with one match still to play. And the world number two seized his chance, surviving a tough test lasting nearly two hours to extend his current winning run to 19 matches.

AFP Sports schedule for Thursday, November 7

AFP Sports schedule for Thursday, November 7: FOOTBALL Europa League - the fourth round of group games with Tottenham Hotspur one of a number of clubs hoping to clinch qualification for the knockout stages. Slug - Fbl-Eur-C3 TENNIS Fourth day of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London with Roger Federer facing Richard Gasquet and Novak Djokovic up against Juan Martin del Potro. Coverage by Steve Griffiths Slug: Tennis-ATP-Finals GOLF:

Wawrinka, Del Potro give taste of things to come

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The parade of serial grand slam champions is reserved for Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals but the supporting cast provided compelling opening acts with Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro in the spotlight. Swiss Wawrinka, the only debutant among the eight players contesting the season's year-ender at London's impressive 02 Arena, proved he belongs with the elite after a 6-3 6-7(0) 6-3 win over Czech powerhouse Tomas Berdych in Group A.

Tennis: Del Potro hits back to down Gasquet

Juan Martin del Potro made a winning start to his ATP World Tour Finals campaign as the Argentinian came from a set down to beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-5 on Monday. Del Potro had suffered a distressing journey to London after being robbed at Paris's Gare du Nord railway station, an incident which cost him his passport and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis.

Tennis: Del Potro hits back to down Gasquet

Juan Martin del Potro made a winning start to his ATP World Tour Finals campaign as the Argentinian came from a set down to beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-5 on Monday. Del Potro had suffered a distressing journey to London after being robbed at Paris's Gare du Nord railway station, an incident which cost him his passport and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis.

No rest for Federer as Djokovic looms again

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - There is no let-up for Roger Federer as he prepares for his 12th consecutive appearance at the ATP's season-ending extravaganza. The oldest player in the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals draw at 32 and a six-times former champion will begin on Tuesday against world number two Novak Djokovic, having come tantalizingly close to beating the Serb in the Paris Masters semi-finals at the weekend.

Tennis: Del Potro robbed of rosary blessed by Pope in Paris

Argentine tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro has revealed that he was robbed at a Paris railway station with thieves making off with a cherished rosary blessed by Pope Francis. Del Potro was checking in at Gare de Nord in the French capital when he stopped to sign an autograph. As he placed his bag on the floor, the thieves made off with his possessions which also included his passport and cash.
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