Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning his men's
singles semifinal against Britain's Andy Murray at the ATP
World Tour Finals in London. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Defending champion Roger Federer has reached the final of
the ATP World Tour Finals for the eighth time in 11 years after
a 7-6 6-2 win over Britain's Andy Murray.
The Swiss was out-hit by Murray in the early exchanges but
produced a classy response to overwhelm the US Open champion
with a superb demonstration of his all-court game, setting up
a final against world number one Novak Djokovic.
Murray, who lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final this year
but gained revenge to win gold at the Olympics, broke the
Federer serve in the first game at the O2 Arena.
Federer got it back to level the set at 4-4 and raised his
game to win a first set tiebreak 7-5, Murray breaking a
racquet in anger as the Swiss got on top.
The 17-time grand slam champion broke Murray from 40-0 in the
third game of the second set and accelerated to victory with
a flurry of shot-making, sealing the win on his first match
point after one hour 33 minutes.