Well, I am sorry for the late post but here I am bringing in the highlights from Day 5 as well as some news from Day 3 and Day 4 of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2011. After a thunderous victory over Rafael Nadal and becoming the first player from Group B to qualify for the Semi Finals, the defending champion Roger Federer bettered his performance to defeat Mardy Fish in his last round robin match in Group B. Also the Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga won his last round robin match against 2010 Runner Up Rafael Nadal in front of sold out 17,500 capacity crowd in O2 Arena to book his place too into the Semi Finals.
Meanwhile in Group A the man making headlines is the 2007 Runner Up Spainard, the Pitbull David Ferrer who defeated World No. 1 and seemingly impossible to beat Serbian Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Ferrer booked his spot in the Semi Finals after this and is yet to drop a set (the only player so far). Djokovic, who would want to finish this amazing season of his with a Championship finals victory will have to win his last match against compatriot Janko Tipsarevic who joined Group A after Andy Murray withdrew from the competition. Djokovic will also want Ferrer, who is looking unstoppable now to have a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych and get himself a straight set victory over Tipsarevic. On day four Tomas Berdych won his first match in the competition when he defeated the new entrant. Group A goes live with the last set of matches to decide who joins David Ferrer in the semi finals.
Meanwhile in the doubles section, Group B announced its semi finalists in pairs of Max Mirnyi/Daniel Nestor and Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski. The Indo-Pak express lost all their matches, which was expected, but reaching the finals is what they should be proud of. Group A matches will be on today and the Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes will have to win in straight sets against the Bryan Brothers who are on top of the table to seal their spot in the semi finals. Looks like a lot of work but if they want to, they have to.
As the Semi Finals approach the heartbeats increase, will we crown a new champion or will Roger Federer go ahead and break the record of Pete Sampras by winning his sixth ATP World Tour Finals title.