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Friday Preview - 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

By Rohit Sharma    + Follow

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With two semifinals spots already taken by Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro at the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, it's turn now for the final day of the Group B Round Robin matches to complete to clarify the 'Last Four picture'.

With two semifinals spots already taken by Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro at the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, it's turn now for the final day of the Group B Round Robin matches to complete to clarify the 'Last Four picture'. Yesterday, both Federer and Del Potro made the cut with their despite contradictory results to await the semifinalists form the Group B.

Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic
Head-to-Head
Nadal leads series 14-6
Last Meeting - 2009 BNP Paribas Masters SF
Djokovic won 6-2, 6-3

The last match at the Round Robin stage may be of little importance to Nadal because of the fact that even a straight sets win would not fetch him a place in the semifinals as a result of his losses to Robin Soderling and Nikolay Davydenko. But the match is of primal importance to Djokovic, who is squared off with the other two Group B mates, Soderling and Davydenko.  Djokovic's loss to Soderling did come as a surprise to many, but it is more than enough to give the Serb a new found motivation to do well in his last Round Robin match. Infact, with Soderling topping the Group B standings, Djokovic is also somehow FORCED pull a win or else equations might work against him.

Nikolay Davydenko vs. Robin Soderling
Head-to-Head
Soderling leads series 6-3
Last Meeting - 2009 BNP Paribas Masters R16
Soderling won 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Robin Soderling continues to be 'Destiny's Chosen One' from the day he replaced Andy Roddick to his last swashbuckling win over Novak Djokovic. With two wins already under his belt, he continues to be on top of the Group B  standings, ahead of Djokovic, Davydenko and Nadal. Intrestingly, Soderling's biggest competitor, Novak Djokovic, who beat him in the pair's last meeting also suffered a shocking loss at the hands of the Swede, who, now is clearly in a giant-killing spree. His record against the Russian Davydenko is already confidence boosting and another win will ensure him a place in the semifinal. The odds are in favour of the Russian though, who displayed flawless tennis in his match against Nadal. All in all, considering the current form of both players, a classic three setter is in the offing for sure.

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