Federer beats Ferrer again to reach semi-finals

Thu Nov 8, 2012 4:41pm EST
 

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer guaranteed his place in the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals with a straight-sets win over Spain's David Ferrer on Thursday but Janko Tipsarevic became the first player eliminated after a second defeat.

World number two Federer, seeking a record-extending seventh title at the end-of-season finale, dished out yet more punishment to Ferrer in a 6-4 7-6 victory at the O2, taking his career record over the tenacious Spaniard to 14-0.

Ferrer is now vying with Juan Martin del Potro for the other semi-final spot from Group B after the towering Argentine thrashed Serbia's Tipsarevic 6-0 6-4.

Tipsarevic, who pulled out of the Paris Masters last week after feeling unwell, has managed just eight games in four sets and cannot reach the semi-finals even if he beats Ferrer in his final round-robin match on Saturday.

Del Potro, beaten by Ferrer in his opener, will play Federer in his last group match.

Federer took a while to settle into his smooth rhythm against Ferrer who had numerous opportunities to make inroads in the opening games of their afternoon encounter.

Ferrer was 0-40 ahead on Federer's opening service game but having failed to capitalize he was immediately broken himself.

He squandered more break points in the next game as Federer found himself 3-0 up without even playing well.   Continued...

 
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates defeating Spain's David Ferrer in his men's singles tennis match at the World Tour Finals in the O2 Arena in London November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty