• Federer beats Ferrer, into WTF semifinals

    11/8/12 5:01 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer beats Ferrer, into WTF semifinals Roger Federer ends David Ferrer's winning streak with a straight-set victory on Thursday in London. Federer is 2-0 and 4-0 in sets this week, putting him into the semifinals.

    Roger Federer clinched the first semifinal spot at the World Tour Finals by defeating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6(5) during round-robin action on Thursday afternoon. Federer improved his record to 2-0 after one hour and 48 minutes of play.

    A momentum-shifting first set saw both men play inconsistent and Federer serve horribly. The Swiss had lost only eight total service points in his entire match against Janko Tipsarevic on Tuesday, but he dropped 11 in his first two such efforts against Ferrer. However, Federer battled out of a 0-40 hole in the first game and ultimately saved three break points at both 0-0 and 1-1--six in total.

    After the disappointment of the first game, Ferrer dropped serve immediately to fall behind. The world No. 5, who had been robbed on an incorrect call by Mohamed Lahyani in the third game, finally got his break for 2-3. Federer righted the ship by winning the last seven points of the set starting at 4-4, 15-30. A love break of a struggling Ferrer wrapped it up in style.

    Both players raised their level--albeit only slightly--in the second and held the entire way before a tiebreaker. Ferrer had two chances in the opening game while Federer saw a break-point opportunity go by the wayside at 2-1. The Spaniard dug out of multiple 0-30 deficits late in the set to force the 'breaker.

    Although Federer went down an immediate mini-break at 1-0, he mostly had control the entire way. The two-time defending champion got it right back on the second point and seized another return point at 3-2. Ferrer eventually saved two match points on serve at 3-6 and 4-6, but Federer sealed the deal with an unreturnable first serve.

    Ferrer, who captured the Paris title and beat Juan Martin Del Potro in his London opener, is still alive for a semifinal berth and will meet Tipsarevic on Saturday. Federer will face Del Potro in what could be a meaningful match both for seeding and for the Argentine's qualification.

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roger rasheed ?@roger_rasheed
Cutest thing, Rogers girls walking down corridor of O2 pointing @ every picture on the wall and saying" RAFA"- mmm they know the rival lol

Wow, looks like Roger discusses and watches too much of Rafa at home :-)

sanju , 11/8/12 6:45 PM

Does anyone know why Federer only get 75k appearance fees along with Ferrer, Delpo and Tipsa and the others all get 100k each. Did Fed pay 25k for his cupcake draw?

nadline , 11/8/12 9:13 PM

How do you know they both get 75k only?

luckystar , 11/9/12 1:25 AM

Has it got anything to do with both Ferrer and Fed missing some Masters events this year, even though they're allowed to skip one or two? Fed skipped Canada and Paris; Ferrer skipped Canada and Shanghai.

luckystar , 11/9/12 1:29 AM

Lucky: Didn't you know no clue escapes Nadline's beady eye ;-)


ed251137 , 11/9/12 2:05 AM

Fed's daugthers are so cute. I bet Fed talks about Rafa all the time, after all he always view Rafa as his main rival. I believe Rafa and Uncle Toni also talk about Fed often. Fedal still view each other as main rival, even though now they can't ignore Nole and Murray anymore.

Intersting thing is the Fedal rivalry is the most talked about rivalry in tennis. The Nadal/Djokovic and also the Federer/Djokovic rivalries didn't seem to take off and not many talk about them (the rivalries) now. The IN and IT thing now is the new rivalry between Djokovic/Murray. I just hope this rivalry can 'flourish', it may not be as enthralling as the Fedal rivalry but has the potential to grow into a big thing too. Their rivalry may not have so much contrast in styles but what it has is the closeness in the levels of the two players, making the outcome of their matches always so unpredictable and that's precisely where the excitement is.

luckystar , 11/9/12 3:10 AM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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