Federer beats Djokovic to reach semis at ATP Finals

Matteo Berrettini of Italy hits the ball during a training session, prior to his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria, during the ATP World Tour Finals , at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Matteo Berrettini of Italy hits the ball during a training session, prior to his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria, during the ATP World Tour Finals , at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

LONDON – Roger Federer showed that memories of this year’s Wimbledon final are well and truly behind him.

In the first rematch between Federer and Novak Djokovic since that epic five-set final, the Swiss star dominated from the start to win 6-4, 6-3 Thursday and reach the semifinals of the ATP Finals.

"I played incredible, and I knew I had to," Federer said. "I was able to produce, it was definitely magical."

It was Federer’s first win over the Serb since 2015, having lost their last five meetings — including that Wimbledon final in July when Djokovic saved two match points in the fifth set.

”Obviously it's always special beating Novak, even more so because of what happened (at Wimbledon),” Federer said. ”But I didn't feel like I had to get rid of the ghosts or anything like that. I feel like I moved on pretty quickly after that.”

This match had little of the same drama as Djokovic gave up three cheap service breaks and Federer gave him no chance to get back in it.

The whole thing lasted just 1 hour, 13 minutes and ended with Djokovic being broken at love.

”He was the better player in all aspects and absolutely deserved to win,” Djokovic said. ”Just a pretty bad match from my side.”