Murray Victorious in Opening ATP World Tour Finals Match

by on Tuesday, November 17

Murray_ATP_LondonYesterday both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer opened their accounts at the ATP World Tour Finals, both scoring convincing victories over their opponents. Yesterday it was the chance of Andy Murray to put down a marker and show he’s a contender for the title – and he managed to do this with some aplomb.

Murray’s opponent was the always tough David Ferrer, a player who always gives 100% every time he steps onto the court. Victory was vital for Murray, as although he’s a fantastic player, Ferrer is probably regarded as the weakest player in the group – a group also containing Rafa Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. If he could beat Ferrer, he’d set himself up for a great chance of qualification.

The first set was a tough one, with both players doggedly holding serve – until Murray finally managed to break the tenacious Spaniard and win the first set 6-4. Ferrer came out swinging though, and took the initiative in the second set, causing a few nervy moments for Murray fans. The Scot fought back though, taking the second set 6-4 and therefore the match.

Murray’s victory had much to do with the second serve. Murray’s success on his own second serve far eclipsed Ferrer’s, who always looked vulnerable after his first serve had been unsuccessful. Murray also just had too much intensity for Ferrer, constantly hustling and trying to create chances for himself.

With the victory over Ferrer, Murray now stands one victory away from ending the season as the world number 2 – his best ever end-of-season ranking. He’ll leapfrog Roger Federer for the position, and will enjoy all the benefits it brings – such as better seedings in tournaments. Defeating Wawrinka or Nadal isn’t going to be easy though…

Speaking of Wawrinka and Nadal, they were both in action last night, as they played each other in the group’s other fixture. And it was the Spaniard who took home the victory, defeating Wawrinka with relative ease. The match ended 6-3 6-2 in favour of Nadal, and it seems that he’s hitting form just at the right time. While it seems unlikely he’ll win the entire tournament – he’s never won the ATP World Tour Finals – he’ll certainly fancy himself to qualify from the group after this display.

The next round of matches sees Andy Murray take on Rafa Nadal, and Stan Wawrinka play David Ferrer. Both of these games will take place tomorrow, with Murray’s encounter first on court.