Djokovic recovers to win at ATP finals

LONDON — Novak Djokovic saved a match point in the third set against Tomas Berdych before winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) Monday to avoid becoming the second upset of the day at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Third-ranked Andy Murray struggled through an earlier 6-4, 7-5 loss to David Ferrer with a groin injury he fears could end his tournament. Murray said he would decide today whether he will pull out.

Djokovic, who has been nursing a shoulder problem, withstood some spectacular hitting by the seventh-seeded Berdych, who had a point to win the match at 6-5 in the decider but put a forehand into the net.

Berdych fell apart in the tiebreaker and a relieved Djokovic took his 2011 win-loss record to 70-4.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the other members of the top four alongside Djokovic and Murray, have both recently taken breaks to rest their aching bodies.

Nadal struggled with sickness in his opening win over Mardy Fish but came through in three sets, while defending champion Federer also went the distance against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Nadal and Federer will meet today for the 26th time. Nadal leads the head-to-head 17-8.

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