Murray, Djokovic open with wins at Tour Finals

Mon Nov 5, 2012 6:20pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Andy Murray withstood an early onslaught to beat Tomas Berdych in his first match on home soil since winning his maiden grand slam title and Novak Djokovic overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as the ATP World Tour Finals began on Monday.

Murray, greeted on court at the cavernous O2 Arena like a returning hero less than two months after beating Djokovic in Flushing Meadows epic to end Britain's 76-year wait for a male grand slam winnner, wore down Berdych to win 3-6 6-3 6-4.

World number one Djokovic also had to contend with some blistering firepower from free-wheeling Frenchman Tsonga before registering a 7-6 6-3 victory to move top of Group A.

Djokovic and Murray will face each other in the latest installment of their rivalry on Wednesday when the winner will take a huge stride towards the semi-finals of the year-ender.

Neither had it all their own way with Murray admitting he had struggled to deal with Berdych's power.

"Some of the time in the first set he just completely overpowered me," Murray told reporters.

The Scot got a rapturous reception as he walked on court but the crowd became subdued as Berdych took the opening set and threatened to seize control of the second before Murray responded to turn the match around.

Murray's inability to convert the numerous break points he engineered cost him the first set.   Continued...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a return during his singles tennis match against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP World Tour Finals in the O2 Arena in London November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty