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Federer Dispatches Tipsarevic in London Opener
By Chris Oddo
(November 6, 2012) --
moved to the top of the table at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-1 thrashing of
Federer, a six-time champion at this event (
have each won it five times), won 20 of 21 first-serve points and did not face a break point on the afternoon. He moved his career record against Tipsarevic to 6-0 with the victory, and nudged his career record at the prestigious year-end event to 40-7.
He passes Ivan Lendl into first place in all-time wins at the event.
Federer is searching for his third straight title in London. He has won 11 straight matches at the event, defeating
in the 2011 final and
in the 2010 final.
The 31-year-old 17-time Grand Slam champion broke Tipsarevic in the opening game and never trailed after racing out to a 3-0 lead in the first set. Tipsarevic, who pulled out of his quarterfinal in Paris with Jerzy Janowics due to illness, was the last player to qualify for the elite eight-player London draw.
Federer converted 4 of 9 break points in total.
saved two match points to win their encounter with the Indian duo of
6-4, 6-7(1), 12-10.
After failing to convert a match point of their own in the second set, Marray and Nielsen saved match points at 9-8 and 10-9 in the match tiebreak.
(Photo Credit: AP)
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