Roger Federer avoided double blow to beat Novak Djokovic convincingly since his defeat in the Wimbledon final.
The Swiss star dominated from the start to win 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the ATP Finals.
“I couldn’t be more happy right now,” Federer said. “I think I served great, had great anticipation, clear game-plan and it worked great tonight – hopefully not for the last time against Novak.”
Having lost their last five meetings, this was Federer’s first win over the Serb since 2015.
“I’m just happy at the level I could play today and obviously it’s always special beating Novak, even more so (after) what happened but I didn’t feel like I had to get rid of the ghosts or anything like that,” Federer told reporters. “I feel like I moved on pretty quickly after that.”
Meanwhile for Djokovic, his lost takes away from him the chance of becoming world number one as Spain’s Nadal is now guaranteed to finish in that postion.
”He was the better player in all aspects and absolutely deserved to win,” Djokovic said. ”Just a pretty bad match from my side.”
Federer will meet top seed Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas, playing on Friday, in the last four.