Andy Murray Vs Roger Federer
Britain’s Andy Murray faces world number two Roger Federer on the third day of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Andy Murray was facing an uphill task to claim a third successive win against Roger Federer after the world number two took the first set of their round-robin clash at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 6-4 at London’s O2 Arena.
Both players were enthusiastically greeted by the sizeable crowd, which again included Diego Maradona, with Federer receiving if anything a louder cheer than his British rival.
Murray had come flying out of the traps in his win over Robin Soderling on Sunday but today he struggled to find a first serve and had to save a break point in the opening game.
Both players have been in good form this autumn but the Scot could draw on memories of recent successes over Federer after beating him in Masters finals in Toronto and Shanghai.
Murray had vowed to take the match to the world number two but in the early stages it was all about Federer, who swatted aside his opponent for a break to love in the third game.
The four-time Tour Finals champion was looking confident and lost only one point in his first five service games.
At 5-4 it was now or never for Murray and he at last found some form, with a terrific forehand pass taking him to 0-30. But Federer was not about to give up the set and he sealed it when Murray overcooked a forehand.