Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Federer defeats Murray at World Tour Finals

Roger Federer made it 2 out of 2 at the O2 this evening, coming from a set down to beat Andy Murray 3-6 6-3 6-1 in the ATP Tour Finals in London.

The world number 1 opened the match by breaking the British number 1's serve, but couldn't confirm the break as Andy Murray broke straight back. Murray got the better of a competitive opening set when he broke again in game 6 and held serve for the remainder of the set. But a poor service game in game 6 of the second set handed it over to Roger Federer, who didn't look back and levelled the match at 1 set all. From then on, the record winning Grand Slam winner took over with some excellent shot making that Andy Murray couldn't keep up with, taking the deciding set. Andy Murray must now beat the winless Fernando Verdasco on Thursday to book his place in Saturday's semi final.

I went down to the O2 Arena on the Greenwich Peninsula this afternoon, firstly to see Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi come from behind to defeat the Polish pairing of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 3-6 6-3 10-7.

That was before the main event, seeing Juan Martin Del Potro nervously beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4 3-6 7-6. Verdasco got off to slow start, with repetitive unforced errors, but struck back in the second set, before saving match points to eventually lose on a tie break. The Argentine and US Open winner still struggles with nerves and self-belief at times; two things he must overcome to break into the top 4 and reach his ultimate goal of world number 1. None-the-less it was an exciting match, even if I was hoping for the schedule to be turned on its head and Murray-Federer being the first game.

It's great that the UK plays host to such a big event in the tennis calendar, and there was a large crowd on hand once again today as has been the case for the first few days of the tournament, except for the end of the Novak Djokovic-Nikolay Davydenko match last night. A low point today had to be the number of immature children, presumably high on sugar that decided to call out players names, delaying serves and during the rallies that was disrespectful. Andy Murray was notably distracted by this in his match. I wish my school trips included trips to tennis events instead of the local woods. But you get that wherever kids go, and I'm glad to say I haven't experienced this at Wimbledon before.

Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling meet tomorrow in group B, with the winner maintaining their 100% start, while Rafael Nadal, the only player who hasn't taken a set so far plays Nikolay Davydenko in the evening game. You can watch the ATP World Tours Finals live and free on bet365.

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