Federer through to last four
November 08, 2012 17:41:38 UK
Roger Federer secured his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer.
Federer, who has won the event six times, came through 6-4 7-6 (7-5). The Swiss became the first man to qualify after two straight-sets victories and will take on Juan Martin del Potro in his final group match.
It was a long match and I'm extremely happy.Roger Federer
Although he was made to work hard for the victory, Federer extended his record against the Spaniard to 14-0. Ferrer had 10 break points but was only able to win one and will reflect on lost chances as his 11-match winning streak came to an abrupt end.
"I'm extremely happy, it's a tough match," said Federer, who is 3.75 to win his seventh title at the O2.
"David's been on a great run, winning in Paris was so deserving. It was a long match and I'm extremely happy. I played a great match. You say I've qualified and I'm obviously relieved and thrilled that that's the case.
"Ferrer is so respected by the fellow competitors. I enjoy playing against him, not because the 14-0 [head-to-head record] but because he's a great guy and a great competitor."
Novak Djokovic, who takes on Tomas Berdych on Friday, is 2.20 to take the title, while Andy Murray, who plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, can be backed at 3.50.
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