Federer surpasses Murray 7-6 (5),6-2
An electrifying atmosphere in a packed O2 arena at London with nearly 18,000 people was an apt setup for the semifinal clash between the living legend Roger Federer and the local lad Andy Murray in the Barclays ATP tour finals. Support for both the men was immense with Brit & Swiss flags all over the arena and a huge army of Federer fans who made sure that Federer felt much at home.
Murray kicked off the show by breaking Federer’s serve who looked offbeat to start with. But the great man recovered quickly from 0-30 at 3-1 down to take away the first set in a thrilling 62 minute battle which could only be concluded in a tiebreaker.
Once the momentum swung towards Federer, there was no looking back for the Swiss as he wrapped up the second set in 33 minutes. Murray did not look inspired in the second set and frustration was creeping into the Scot as Federer’s shots were only getting better as the match progressed.
Though the night was disapointing for Murray, he will be proud of this season which saw him win his first Grand Slam and a prestigious Gold medal at the Olympics. While Federer will be eyeing to win the year end championship for a seventh time when he takes on world no 1 Novak Djokovic in tomorow’s final match.