Sunday, November 21, 2010

Federer and Murray no difficulty past opponents

Roger Federer take pleasure in a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over David Ferrer to join Andy Murray at the top of Group B at the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena on Sunday evening. The four-time winner of the season finale had never lost to the Spaniard in 10 previous meetings and it became clear from the start that a distress was unlikely.

The 29-year-old Swiss broke the seventh seed two times to open up a 4-0 lead in the opening set, before Ferrer hit back with a break of his own.

Earlier in the day, Andy Murray made the perfect start to his campaign defeating Robin Soderling in straight sets 6-2 6-4. The 23-year-old Scot swept the Swede aside in just one hour and 20 minutes. Murray, who hadn't beaten Soderling since 2006, found the new world number four in inquisitively sedate mood.

Soderling, who won his first Masters title in Paris last weekend, never run to get going and was comprehensively outplayed. In front of a partisan crowd at the 17,500 capacity arena Murray quickly found his rhythm breaking Soderling in the third and seventh games to set up a 5-2 lead.
He made no fault on his next service game and duly served out the first set in 29 minutes. The world number five suitably served out the match to record his 45th victory of the season. In the opening Group A doubles matches, defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan opened with a 6-3 7-5 win over Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.

Sixth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski overcame third seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes 6-3 7-6.