Federer on fire, Ferrer overcomes Del Potro

Updated: November 7, 2012

Roger Federer opened his bid for a 6th title when he brushed aside Tipsarevic in straight sets, while David Ferrer survived a Del Potro comeback to win his opening game at the World Tour finals in London.

17 time Grand Slam winner, in the season ending showpiece for a record 11th consecutive time, created more history yesterday when he moved past Ivan Lendl’s record of 40 matches won at the World Tour Finals, brushing aside Janko Tipsarevic 6-3,6-1 in almost dismissive fashion. The match itself turned out to be a nonevent, but was also a clear statement from the defending champion that he means business.

The second match of the night was far better value for the 17000 that packed into the O2 Arena, as David Ferrer came out on top in a thrilling battle with 2009 US Open Champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Ferrer arrived in London off the back of a 10 game winning streak following consecutive titles in Valencia and Paris, to go with his 7 ATP Tour titles in all this season, his best yet. Considering his recent workload, fatigue wasn’t visible in his game, as he held off a second set comeback by the Argentine to register his 73 win of the season, 6-3 3-6 6-4.

Group B action continues on Thursday as Ferrer takes on Federer, while Del Potro faces Tipsarevic.