In growing rivalry, Djokovic lands blow

In what is shaping up to be the new top rivalry in tennis, Novak Djokovic got the big break when he needed it late in the third set to hold off Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 7-5 Wednesday at the ATP finals.

Djokovic, however, still hasn't advanced to the semifinals at the season-ending tournament. But he can make it through if Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Tomas Berdych in the other Group B match later Wednesday.

Murray looked unbeatable at the start, breaking Djokovic in the first game and losing only three points on his serve in the first set. But Djokovic was able to convert break chances in each of the next two sets, and then for a third time at 5-5 in the final set to serve out the match. Earlier Spaniard David Ferrer overcame Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 3-6 6-4 for his season's 73rd win.

Indian pairs advance

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna on Wednesday won their Group B match 6-3 5-7 10-5 over Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau to keep their semifinal hopes alive after losing the first match to Wimbledon winners Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen. Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek also made a winning start with a 6-4 7-5 win over seventh seeded pair of Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Roger.

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