Federer destroys Murray to reach London semi-finals

Federer destroys Murray to reach London semi-finals
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Published November 14th, 2014 - 05:50 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Roger Federer
Roger Federer

By Bill Scott

Roger Federer won his group with a perfect 3-0 record as the Swiss demolished Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 with a stunning command performance at the World Tour Finals on Thursday.

The world number two laid on one of his finest career showings as he surged into the semi-finals on the back of a near-perfect display lasting 55 minutes.

"I'm clearly very happy to play a good match tonight," said Federer, who eliminated Murray from weekend contention by winning the opening set. "I knew I had qualified before the match, but I've been in that position before.

"The match didn't go the way I thought it was going to go, but I wish Andy a good next season.

"For me, it would be ptty special to try for another title here. I'm very happy about the performance."

Federer's lop-sided victory also confirmed a final four place for Japan's Kei Nishikori, who made Asian tennis history with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of David Ferrer.

Nishikori, the first Asian man to play at the year-end event, finished second in the group behind Federer.

Federer at one stage hit a purple patch of 14 winning points in succession in a first set lasting 24 minutes.

The six-time champion earned his first 6-0 scoreline against Murray after 61 sets played in their decade-long career series, which the Swiss now leads 12-11.

The win was his fourth in London year-end competition against the Scot. Federer secured his 71st victory of the season with consummate ease as he could do no wrong with a frustrated Murray unable to compete on the night.

Spain's Ferrer had replaced injured Milos Raonic on the shortest of notice as the Canadian pulled out with a thigh muscle tear unable to face Nishikori.

The withdrawal caught Nishikori on the hop.

"I was surprised little bit because I didn't know he was injured. I wasn't expecting David coming, but we played a lot of times.

"Even if they changed one hour before, I was ready to play anybody. I'm very happy to win today."

Federer charged out of the box to win the opening game from 0-30 before breaking Murray for 2-0 despite two aces from the Scot.

The Swiss was impeccable throughout as he demonstrated perfect tennis in the unpcedented demolition job on the home hero.

Federer also raced through the second set as he kept Murray in his box, with the Scot increasingly desperate to just win a game. That he did for 1-5 before Federer shut the door moments later from a Murray backhand wide on match point.

The win marked Federer's 250th win indoors.

The 33-year-old will be playing in a year-end semi-final for a record-equaling 12th time, putting him in the same strata as Ivan Lendl. He has reached the final four in 11 of his 12 appearances.

Nishikori was pleased to win, and especially happy with his final effort.

"The final set almost perfect, I played everything well. I tried to step in little more, I was able to come into net, you know. I think I won almost every point when I come to the net.

"It's never easy playing against David, he's very consistent from the baseline. If I want to win, I have to do something to break his tennis.

"From the second set, I was more aggressive. I broke is serve early. I was able to hit little more and took some risk, was using little more forehands, and served well. That also helped."

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