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Novak Djokovic Makes ATP World Tour Finals Semi-finals

World number two Novak Djokovic saw off big-serving Milos Raonic in a pulsating contest to reach the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Finals, the five-time champion won 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) at the O2 Arena to become the first man through to the last four and the win means the Serb, who beat Dominic Thiem on Sunday, will regain the number one ranking from Briton Andy Murray if he goes on to take the title. Murray will try to join Djokovic in the last four when he plays Japan's Kei Nishikori in the John McEnroe Group on Wednesday, he has been the subject of much speculation during a relative slump in form since June, but Djokovic remains a formidable opponent at the O2 Arena.

 

Despite a fine performance from Raonic, the four-time defending champion made it 21 wins from his last 22 matches in east London to secure a seventh semi-final. Djokovic said, "Other than a couple of loose service games, I thought it was a good performance, this definitely can serve as a great wind in the back for the matches to come. It's just hanging in there mentally, staying strong and believing that the opportunities will arise, when they do you have to capitalise. I think one or two points separated us today. It could have gone either way, this match."

 

Raonic had a chance to level the set but snatched at a forehand, and Djokovic came through a second tight tie-break to clinch victory; he had lost all seven of their previous matches, and won just one of 18 sets, but he hit 42 winners to 11 as he made the running for much of the two hours and 14 minutes.

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