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ATP World Tour Finals: Erratic Federer downs Ferrer to book semi-final berth

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roger_federer_12The legendary Swiss maestro Roger Federer booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London with a haphazard 6-4, 7-6 win against world no.5 David Ferrer. Federer was far from his best today, serving poorly in the first set, and notching up nearly 40 unforced errors, but was still good enough to pick up his 14th win in a row against the plucky Spaniard, who is still hoping to beat the veteran Swiss once before they both hang up their racquets.

The match saw Federer race away to an early 3-0 lead, but not in the manner one would usually expect with the Super Swiss landing just 3 of 18 first serves and saving break points in both of his opening service games. His lack of form finally caught up with him on court as Ferrer broke back in the fifth game and soon levelled proceedings at 3-3.

Ferrer was in trouble again though in the 8th game, but somehow managed to save a breakpoint, playing a more offensive game than normal, looking to come to the net in an attempt to finish off points. All Ferrer did though was delay the inevitable as Federer raised his game a gear when he needed to, breaking the Spaniard to love in the 10th game to storm away with a set in which he arguably played some of his worst tennis this season.

Ferrer had played pretty well, a typical battling display, but will be disappointed at having converted just 1 of 10 break point opportunities that came his way, a statistic that ultimately told the tale of the opening set.

The second set was a lot more stable from both men with only 1 break point being earned in the entire set. That came the way of Federer in the fourth game, but Ferrer was quick to see it off. At 5-6, Ferrer fell 0-30 down while serving to stay in the match, but rattled off four points in a row to carry some momentum into the breaker. It was Federer though who would pick up the mini-break to take a 4-2 lead into the change of ends, and held on to that advantage as he served out the tiebreak to wrap up a 6-4, 7-6 win. Amazingly, Federer produced his best serving display in the tiebreak, firing down a couple of aces and a pair of service winners to once again raise his level of play on the points that mattered.

The straight sets win guarantees Federer a berth in the semi-final irrespective of how his final Group match against Juan Martin del Potro turns out. Ferrer meanwhile will probably need to beat Janko Tipsarevic to guarantee himself a semi-final berth, however, depending on other results, he may even go through should he not win.

Final Score:

(2) Roger Federer (SUI) d. (4) David Ferrer (ESP) 6-4, 7-6 (5)

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