Federer launches his bid for a seventh year end title

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Updated: November 6, 2012

Six times champion at the season ending World Tour Finals, Roger Federer begins his bid to claim the elite title again, as group B matches feature on the agenda at the O2 arena.Yesterday Murray and Djokovic opened up their campaigns, with wins over Berdych and Tsonga. Today Federer takes on Tipsarevic, while Ferrer faces Del Potro.

The Swiss Maestro has qualified for the season ending showpiece on no fewer than 11 occasions, lifting the trophy 6 times, more than any other player in history. Despite his aging years, the hard court surface remains one of his best and will be hard to stop. In 42 matches he has only lost 6 at the finals and in his opening game against Tipsarevic he wont want to make it 7 so early on. 2012 has seen him reclaim the no.1 spot off the back of 6 ATP Tour wins, 3 of which have been Masters Series wins and of course another Wimbledon Championship. Tipsarevic did feature last year filling in for Andy Murray who pulled out due to injury, however this year the Serb is there on merit. Head to head it’s 5 from 5 for Federer so far, 6 from 6 looks likely.

David Ferrer faces Juan Martin Del Potro in the other match of the day. This looks an interesting match up as both players are in a rich vein of form. David Ferrer has qualified 4 times and been to the final in 2007 when he was defeated by Federer. The Spaniard has enjoyed his most fruitful year on Tour with 7 titles including consecutive wins in Valencia and his first Masters win in Paris, leading into London. 2009 US Open Champion can boast of some good late season form himself lifting the Swiss Indoors only 10 days ago, his 4th title of the year. Head to head Ferrer holds the initiative with 5 wins from 7, 3 of those coming in their last 3 meetings. Del Potro will know that the 2 wins he has over Ferrer, did however come on the hard court surface.

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