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Andy Murray beats Andreas Seppi in Sony Open in Miami

Murray in the box seat after rival Djokovic suffers shock defeat by Haas in Miami

PUBLISHED:

21:00 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 27 March 2013

Two-time defending champion Novak
Djokovic suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Tommy Haas to leave
Andy Murray in the box seat at the Sony Open in Miami.

Veteran German Haas completely
outplayed the world No 1 for a 6-2 6-4 victory meaning Murray, who
earlier beat Andreas Seppi by the same scoreline, is the highest seed
left in the tournament going into the quarter-finals.

In control: Andy Murray was seldom stretched against the No 16 seed

In control: Andy Murray was seldom stretched against the No 16 seed

From 2-1 down in the first set, Haas
won seven straight games to got 6-2 2-0 up and, though Djokovic
eventually broke back to level, the 34-year-old held on for his first
victory against a world No 1 since 1999.

In
distinctly chilly conditions in the late match, there were hints of
what was to come as Haas held his first two service games to love.

Haas then sealed the first break of the match as Djokovic netted, and the Serbian handed him another with a poor shot at net.

Net result: Murray is in to the last eight in Miami

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The 15th seed took the first set in less than half an hour, then kept on rolling with a break to open the second, in part thanks to a double fault from his opponent.

Djokovic saved break points in his next service game too, before holding to stop the rot, then pounced on some rare unforced errors from Haas to seal a break of his own and level at 3-3.

Haas broke again though at 4-4 and it proved decisive as he sealed the match at the second attempt with a forehand winner.

The German’s prize is a last-eight meeting with 11th seed Gilles Simon, who beat Janko Tipsarevic in three sets.

Murray breezed into the quarter-finals, where he will face Marin Cilic, after cruising past 16th seed Seppi.

Murray has yet to drop a set in this tournament and this did not seem likely to change today as he was rarely tested by his Italian opponent, whose sole break point opportunity came in the final game.

The Briton felt the windy conditions worked to his advantage.

'It was swirling a little bit at the start and he made more unforced errors than he usually does,” he told the Independent.

'I was able to track down a lot of his balls because he wasn’t timing his shots that well.

'But he started going for his shots more in the second set and made it tough for me.'

A
limp forehand into the net immediately gave Murray two break points in
the opening game and another unforced error from Seppi gave the world
number three the initiative.

To the exit: Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after losing to Tommy Haas

To the exit: Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after losing to Tommy Haas

Seppi,
who reached a career-high 18th in the world in January this year, won
just four points on Murray’s serve in the first set and was broken again
in the seventh game as the US Open champion put one foot into the next
round.

The second seed wasted three break point opportunities at the start of the second set before Seppi steadily settled.

The 29-year-old had a slight hope of getting back into the match when Murray found himself 4-3 and 0-30 down on his serve before storming back to level.

Big hit: Tommy Haas of Germany celebrates his win

Big hit: Tommy Haas of Germany celebrates his win

In the very next game, Murray earned his fourth break point opportunity of the set and he would not be denied this time as Seppi crashed a forehand into the net.

The Briton had a bit of a wobble serving out the match and although Seppi had an opportunity to break straight back, Murray sealed victory with his first match point, booking a meeting with ninth seed Cilic who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-6 (7/4).

There were also wins for the third
and fourth seeds, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych, as well as Richard
Gasquet and Jurgen Melzer.

In
the women’s draw, Serena Williams matched Steffi Graf’s record for the
number of match wins in this tournament, a 6-3 7-6 (7/5) win over
Australian Open finalist Li Na in the quarter-finals seeing the American
claim her 59th victory in the Miami Masters.

'I’m excited,' said the five-time champion in her on-court interview. 'It’s just great.

'Every
day I play here is a surprise for me because I enjoy it so much. I
enjoy the great crowd and I’m just happy to still be here.'

Williams
will next face Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who produced an
astonishing shot in the second set to help her beat Belgium’s Kirsten
Flipkens 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Wrong-footed by a net cord, Radwanska spun more than 180 degrees and stuck out her racquet for an improvised volley winner, leaving her opponent staring in disbelief.

Laura Robson loses to Yulia Putintseva

Robson crashes out in Dubai after defeat to Kazakh teen Putintseva

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

20:55 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:55 GMT, 18 February 2013

Laura Robson was beaten by Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.

Robson, the world No 45, lost 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8/6) in two hours 21 minutes to her 18-year-old opponent.

Out: Robson was beaten in three sets by Putintseva (below)

Out: Robson was beaten in three sets by Putintseva (below)

Out: Robson was beaten in three sets by Putintseva (below)

The British No 2 started well by racing into a 2-0 lead in the first set, but was immediately pegged back as Putintseva took the opener.

Robson responded well in the second set, but Putintseva held her nerve in the tie-break to book her place in the next round.

Lewis Holtby to join Tottenham now from Schalke

Holtby to complete Spurs medical after 1.5m fee is agreed to sign Schalke star NOW

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

11:53 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 28 January 2013

Lewis Holtby is heading to White Hart Lane in the next 24 hours after Tottenham finally agreed a deal to sign him now, rather than at the end of the season.

The Germany midfielder is flying over to London to complete the deal, after Tottenham gave way over Schalke’s 1.5million asking price and also agreed to play a money-spinning friendly with the Bundesliga club at a date to be announced later this year.

On the move: Lewis Holtby (right) will join Tottenham in this transfer window

On the move: Lewis Holtby (right) will join Tottenham in this transfer window

First again…

Sportsmail broke the story that Tottenham wanted to sign Lewis Holtby this month – read more

Sportsmail revealed earlier this month how an injury to Sandro had forced Tottenham to reconsider their plans over Holtby, who was due to join them as a free agent in the summer, and approach Schalke with a cut-price bid to sign him during the current transfer window.

Their initial offer was rejected, as Schalke set their valuation at 1.5m and underlined their determination to stick to it by selecting the attacking midfielder for their return to Bundesliga action, after a mid-winter break, against Hannover.

Early bird: Holtby had originally been due to arrive in the summer

Early bird: Holtby had originally been due to arrive in the summer

But with Sandro ruled out for the rest of the season after being injured against QPR, and manager Andre Villas-Boas underlining the need for reinforcements, Tottenham have relented over the fee and agreed to Schalke’s demands.

Australian Open: Andy Murray hails Novak Djokovic"s incredible record

Murray hails Djokovic's 'incredible' Australian Open record after four-set defeat

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

13:08 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 27 January 2013

Andy Murray paid tribute to Novak Djokovic after losing in the Australian Open final on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

The Serb was too hot to handle for Murray in the third and fourth sets as he ran out 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 in Melbourne.

Djokovic sealed his fourth Australian Open title and Murray praised the champion's 'incredible' record Down Under in the post-match presentation.

Beaten: Andy Murray had no answer to Novak Djokovic's onslaught in the third and fourth sets

Beaten: Andy Murray had no answer to Novak Djokovic's onslaught in the third and fourth sets

'I would like to congratulate Novak – his record here is incredible,' said Murray.

'Very few people have managed to do what
he has done here. He is a very well-deserved champion.

'To his team… I know you can't do this on your own and he has great people around him.

'I'd like to thank my team – they've done a great job with me.'

Force: Djokovic was too good in the end for Murray as the Brit was forced to settle for the runners-up trophy

Force: Djokovic was too good in the end for Murray as the Brit was forced to settle for the runners-up trophy

Force: Djokovic was too good in the end for Murray as the Brit was forced to settle for the runners-up trophy

Djokovic, who lost the US Open final to Murray, responded: 'I have to thank Andy for his kind words.

'We have played so many thrilling
matches over the last few years. Bad luck tonight and I wish you luck
for the rest of the season.

'What a joy. It's an incredible
feeling winning this trophy again. It's definitely my favourite grand
slam, my most successful grand slam. I love this court.'

Champion: Djokovic claimed his fourth Australian Open title with the four-set win

Champion: Djokovic claimed his fourth Australian Open title with the four-set win

Champion: Djokovic claimed his fourth Australian Open title with the four-set win

Missed chances: Murray won the first set but failed to take three break points early in the second

Missed chances: Murray won the first set but failed to take three break points early in the second

Fighter: Djokovic was on the ropes in the opening part of the match but he eventually wore Murray down

Fighter: Djokovic was on the ropes in the opening part of the match but he eventually wore Murray down

Hampered Murray had treatment for blisters

Hampered Murray had treatment for blisters

Edge: Djokovic has won his last three matches against Murray since the US Open final

Edge: Djokovic has won his last three matches against Murray since the US Open final

Edge: Djokovic has won his last three matches against Murray since the US Open final


Repeat: It was the second time Djokovic played Murray in the Australian Open final after the Serb won in straight sets in 2011

Repeat: It was the second time Djokovic played Murray in the Australian Open final after the Serb won in straight sets in 2011

Winner: Djokovic also beat Murray in the semi finals last year

Winner: Djokovic also beat Murray in the semi finals last year


Too good: A Murray fan looks glum as the Scot couldn't live with Djokovic

Too good: A Murray fan looks glum as the Scot couldn't live with Djokovic

Australian Open 2013: Victoria Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1

Defending champ Azarenka through to semis after overcoming tricky Kuznetsova

with a wonderfully creative display – mixing clever angles with raw power.

But it was not enough to derail Azarenka who, having edged the first set, ran through the second to register her 12th successive win in Melbourne, 7-5, 6-1.

The defence continues: Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win over Svetlana Kuznetsova

The defence continues: Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win over Svetlana Kuznetsova

'She played really well throughout the whole match,' said Azarenka. “I know what kind of tennis she is capable of and in the beginning it took a little bit of adjustment because she has a very different game.

'I am glad I could produce my best tennis when it was needed.'

Azarenka needs to retain the title on Saturday night to stand any hope of keeping her number one ranking and it looked as though that position was under severe threat in the early stages as Kuznetsova came out firing, displaying the kind of tennis which saw her win the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open crowns.

Tough test: Azarenka faced a challenge in the first set

Tough test: Azarenka faced a challenge in the first set

At full stretch: Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled to match her first set performance in the second

At full stretch: Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled to match her first set performance in the second

This was no typical crash, bang, wallop encounter, with Kuznetsova particularly inventive.

Deft with the drop shot and imaginative from mid-court, she tried to move Azarenka off the baseline from where she can do the most damage with her brutal groundstrokes.

And for a while it worked. The Russian broke for 3-1 and after holding, an upset seemed on the cards.

But Azarenka roared back, playing some smart tennis of her own.

Famous fan: LMFAO musician Redfoo supports Azarenka

Famous fan: LMFAO musician Redfoo supports Azarenka

Eye on the ball: Azarenka serves to Kuznetsova

Eye on the ball: Azarenka serves to Kuznetsova

She broke back for 3-4 and then ramped up her performance level even further at 5-5, with a big forehand on break point edging her ahead for the first time in the match.

She served it out and then maintained the momentum by breaking in the opening game of the second.

Kuznetsova hit back immediately but she could not win another game as the top seed advanced to a last-four clash with either Serena Williams or Sloane Stephens.

All over: Azarenka and Kuznetsova shake hands after their match

All over: Azarenka and Kuznetsova shake hands after their match

Chelsea 0 QPR 1 match report: Shaun Wright-Phillips scores winner

Chelsea 0 QPR 1: Wright-Phillips scores on Stamford Bridge return to give Rafa the Blues

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 2 January 2013

Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the only goal of the game against his former club as QPR pulled off one of the shock results of the season to all but end Chelsea's title challenge.

Blues boss Rafa Benitez opted to rest key men Juan Mata, Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard and Ramires from the start and he was made to pay the price for that gamble by Harry Redknapp's resurgent Rs.

Bolt from the blue: Wright-Phillips' 79th-minute strike stunned the hosts

Bolt from the blue: Wright-Phillips' 79th-minute strike stunned the hosts

Match facts

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand, Luiz, Lampard (Ramires 79), Marin (Hazard 60), Oscar, Moses (Mata 75), Torres.

Subs not used: Hilario, Cole, Ferreira, Piazon.

Booked: Marin.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Da Silva, Mbia, Derry, Hoilett (Wright-Phillips 15), Granero (Park 90), Taarabt (Dyer 90), Mackie.

Subs not used: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Faurlin.

Booked: Hill.

Goal: Wright-Phillips 79.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 41,634

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Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Lucky boy: Marko Marin was fortunate not to see red for this challenge on Stephane Mbia

Back with a bang: Harry Redknapp's men recovered from their humiliating defeat at home to Liverpool

Back with a bang: Harry Redknapp's men recovered from their humiliating defeat at home to Liverpool

Rock solid: Ryan Nelsen impressed at the back for QPR

Rock solid: Ryan Nelsen impressed at the back for QPR

Gamble: Benitez rested several key men for the west London derby

Gamble: Benitez rested several key men for the west London derby

Bad day at the office: Chelsea couldn't break QPR's resistance

Bad day at the office: Chelsea couldn't break QPR's resistance

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Right place, Wright time: Former Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips lashes home the winner

Happy New Year: QPR are now five points from safety

Happy New Year: QPR are now five points from safety

Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming into quarter-finals of Brisbane International

Murray and Fleming into last eight of Brisbane International

PUBLISHED:

07:15 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:15 GMT, 2 January 2013

Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming claimed a place in the quarter-finals of the men's doubles event at the Brisbane International today with a straight-sets win.

The British duo, seeded second in the tournament, saved six of seven break points faced to beat David Goffin and Gilles Muller 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 in just under 90 minutes.

They will next face the Spanish/Brazilian pairing of Tommy Robredo and Marcelo Melo in the last eight.

Going well: British duo Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming beat David Goffin and Gilles Muller in the doubles at the Brisbane International

Going well: British duo Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming beat David Goffin and Gilles Muller in the doubles at the Brisbane International

Arsenal v West Ham Boxing Day match off due to Tube strike

Wenger granted mid-winter break as Arsenal's Boxing Day clash with West Ham is OFF due to Tube strike (but United will play THREE times in SIX days)

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 19 December 2012

Arsene Wenger has finally had his wish for a winter break granted… by London’s striking Tube drivers.

The Arsenal manager has long been a vocal supporter of the Barclays Premier League taking a mid-winter break like the top leagues in Spain, France, Italy and Germany.

Arsenal's match at home to West Ham on Boxing Day has been postponed due to industrial action on the London Underground, meaning they will not play a match for an entire week over the usually hectic festive period.

Arsene Wenger

Sir Alex Ferguson

Happy holidays: Wenger will be delighted with Arsenal's seven-day break, but Fergie (right) is sure to be furious that United have to play three times in six days

No go: The Gunners clash with West Ham at the Emirates must be rescheduled

No go: The Gunners clash with West Ham at the Emirates must be rescheduled

Wenger's side will not kick a ball for seven days after their trip to Wigan on Saturday until they host Newcastle in the evening kick-off on December 29.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will play three times in six days facing a trip to Swansea (December 23), a home game against Newcastle (Boxing Day) and another home match against West Brom (December 29).

The Arsenal manager's call for a mid-winter break has become an annual tradition. Last month, he even suggested moving the season to be played January to November.

He said: 'I understand it looks completely strange as people have been educated the current way but I moved to Japan and the season was in January to November. We started training in January and after a while it was completely normal.

'The period of rest would be the same. It wouldn’t change the number of games. You would not be confronted with these situations when players are playing in two different championships. You would play during the summer period in the best period for football to be played.

In 2011, Wenger said: 'I think after that [the Christmas break] you would like a little breather. I would like a winter break but after Christmas. Create a break after 2 January for two weeks. We can go on holiday for one week and prepare for one week.'

Arsenal's seven day Christmas break…

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Christmas cheer Arsenal now have an extra day to prepare for Newcastle

'We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters but we feel that the right decision has been made.'

Arsenal's 60,000-seater ground is
five minutes' walk from Holloway Road station in north London, with
Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park also close by. Many fans use
the service to get to games so a suspension would have caused chaos if
the match had gone ahead.

A strike by Tube drivers last year
forced Arsenal to delay their Boxing Day match with Wolves by 24 hours
but they cannot do the same this year as they have a game against
Newcastle on December 29.

A midweek evening in January seems the
likeliest date for re-staging but neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and the
FA Cup are also factors to be considered.

QPR's match with West Brom will kick off at 3pm as planned after the club held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the matter.

Loftus
Road is close to three Tube stations and fans are often reliant on the
service but a statement on Ranger's website read: 'Supporters are
advised to allow extra time for their journeys to and from Loftus Road.

'Buses
will be running on the usual Sunday/Bank Holiday service on the day of
the fixture, whilst parking in the borough will be free.

'Supporters who are unable to attend the fixture owing to the Tube strikes will be entitled to a full refund.'

Fulham will wait for official confirmation of the Tube strike before deciding if any action needs to be taken over their Boxing Day match with Southampton at Craven Cottage.

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

Derailed: Fans will have found it difficult to get across the capital on Boxing Day

A club spokesman said: 'We are
monitoring situation and putting contingency in place but remain fully
committed to the game going ahead as scheduled.'

Fulham play Swansea three days later.

Charlton
are the only Championship side hosting a Boxing Day fixture in the
capital but it is understood their match with Ipswich should not be too
badly disrupted and will go ahead. Most home fans travel in from Kent
rather than central London.

The announcement by Aslef means
London Underground drivers are on course to walk out on Boxing Day, as
well as January 18 and 25 in a row over bank holiday pay. It will be the
third successive Christmas walkout by Tube drivers.

The
move was announced after Aslef members voted by 9-1 in favour of
strikes. A spokesman said: 'The ballot result shows the strength of
feeling that remains on this issue.'

Tillakaratne Dilshan hits century for Sri Lanka v Australia

Sri Lanka stay in touch after Dilshan hits century against Australia

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 16 December 2012

A century from Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan prevented Australia from taking a sizeable lead into their second innings on the third day of the first Test in Hobart.

The hosts will take a 141 run lead with 10 wickets in tact into the fourth day with Michael Clarke's side ending the day 27 without loss after bowling out the visitors for 336.

That advantage would be far greater were it not for Dilshan's 147 and 75 from all rounder Angelo Matthews.

Triumphant: Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka celebrates after reaching his century

Triumphant: Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka celebrates after reaching his century

Peter Siddle was the pick of the Australian attack, taking five for 54 in 25,3 overs as he staked a claim for a regular spot in their bowling attack.

Dilshan resumed on 50 this morning and made it to 103 before the morning session was curtailed by rain half an hour before the scheduled lunch break.

In a shortened afternoon session he pushed on to 132 as Sri Lanka turned a vulnerable overnight score of 87 for four into a more robust 249 for five, responding to Australia's 450 for five declared.

Mathews lasted until late in the afternoon session before going for 75, trapped lbw by Siddle.

At last: Mitchell Starc of Australia bowls Dilshan, who had reached a century

At last: Mitchell Starc of Australia bowls Dilshan, who had reached a century

Sri Lanka had reached 289 before Dilshan's stand finally came to an end, bowled by a yorker from Mitchell Starc after an innings that contained 21 boundaries off 273 deliveries.

Australia still had work to do as Prasanna Jayawardene was providing further resistance, but once he went lbw to Siddle for 40, progress was swift.

The last three wickets went at a cost of just 20 runs. Rangana Herath was Siddle's third lbw victim for a duck, Nuwan Kulasekara was caught at deep midwicket off Nathan Lyon for 23 and Chanaka Welegedara was caught by Mike Hussey without scoring as Siddle claimed his fifth wicket.

Nice one: Australian 12th man Jordan Silk (second left) is congratulated after catching Nuwan Kulasekara

Nice one: Australian 12th man Jordan Silk (second left) is congratulated after catching Nuwan Kulasekara

His outstanding performance helped Australia cover for a side injury suffered by Brad Hilfenhaus.

Rain delayed the start of the Australian second innings and only 1.4 overs were bowled before again the weather forced the players off.

Looking to end the day with all their wickets in tact, the hosts were conservative when play resumed as openers David Warner eight off 39 balls and Ed Cowan 16 off 47, saw them to the close.

ATP World Tour Finals 2012: Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin Del Potro to reach final

Djokovic delight as world No 1 beats Del Potro to book place in O2 Final

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UPDATED:

18:11 GMT, 11 November 2012

Novak Djokovic fought back from a set down to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro and reach the final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The world No 1 had looked in trouble when he went a break down in the second but Del Potro won only three of the last 14 games as Djokovic triumphed 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

It is the first time the 2008 champion has reached the final since the tournament moved to the O2 Arena three years ago, and he will meet either Roger Federer or Andy Murray on Monday evening.

Final date: Djokovic will face either Andy Murray or Roger Federer

Final date: Djokovic will face either Andy Murray or Roger Federer

HIGHLIGHTS

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Djokovic was the only unbeaten player in the group stages and had had a day's rest, and he looked every inch the best player in the world in the early stages.

Del Potro was having to find some special shots just to stay on level terms, notably a forehand creamed down the line to save a break point in the second game.

Djokovic went into the match holding a 6-2 advantage over his opponent but Del Potro could look back on a victory in London earlier this summer that won him an Olympic bronze medal.

Strong start: Del Potro took the first set

Strong start: Del Potro took the first set

The Argentinian had joked that the semi-finals featured three big names and one big guy, but it was the big guy who was beginning to get on top in this one.

The sheer power of 6ft 6in Del Potro was pushing Djokovic to overhit and, although he saved a break point in the seventh game, he faced two more a couple of games later and this time Del Potro struck.

The 24-year-old then served out the set to love, and he kept the momentum going at the start of the second set.

Serb and volley: Djokovic has been in fine form at the O2

Serb and volley: Djokovic has been in fine form at the O2

Serb and volley: Djokovic has been in fine form at the O2

Djokovic saved three break points in the opening game but he was under pressure all the time and he had no answer to another monstrous forehand from Del Potro in the third game, the Argentinian raising his fists in the air as he broke for 2-1.

It seemed to be getting away from Djokovic but he roused himself, taking his fourth chance to hit back immediately when Del Potro for once missed a forehand down the line.

And the Argentinian won only one more game in the set as Djokovic levelled up, breaking for the second time at 4-3.

Heading home: Del Potro reacts in frustration as Djokovic wins another point

Heading home: Del Potro reacts in frustration as Djokovic wins another point

The effort of the first set seemed to have taken a lot out of Del Potro and he looked distinctly weary as he was broken once more in the third game of the decider.

In contrast, Djokovic had a spring in his step again and the end was a swift in coming, the top seed clinching victory in two hours and 12 minutes.