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Djokovic tops Federer in London

ERRORS TAKE THEIR TOLL:Roger Federer finished the match with 30 winners, 11 more than Djokovic, but he also had 42 unforced errors, while Djokovic only had 28

AP and Reuters, LONDON

Both players finished the match winning 58 percent of their service points and 42 percent of their returns. Overall, Djokovic only won one more point in the match, getting 96 to Federer’s 95.

Djokovic went into the ATP World Tour Finals knowing he would end up as the No. 1 player in the world for the second straight year. He backed it up with a victory in London.

“It’s been a very long year, a very long two years, but very successful two years,” said Djokovic, who won the Australian Open at the beginning of the season and three major titles last year. “I actually feel even more satisfied right now than last year, even though I had an incredible 2011. I feel this year, considering the circumstances that I had to face on and off the court, expectations, all these things, I believe that this year has been even more successful for me.”

In the doubles final, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez became the first Spanish pair to win at the ATP World Tour Finals for 37 years with a narrow victory over Indian duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

The Barcelona natives, the first Spaniards to qualify for the season-ender since Emilio Sanchez and Sergio Casal in 1994, held their nerve to win a third set championship tiebreak 10-3 after the first two sets were split 7-5, 3-6.

The only other Spanish duo to win the title were Juan Gisbert and Manuel Orantes in 1975 in Stockholm when the title was decided by a round-robin group.

Granollers and Lopez, who beat world No. 1 duo Bob and Mike Bryan the previous Monday, are part of Spain’s Davis Cup team against the Czech Republic later this week.

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