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By Chris Oddo

Roger Federer plays his opening match at the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals in London (November 6, 2012) -- Roger Federer moved to the top of the table at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-1 thrashing of Janko Tipsarevic.

Federer, a six-time champion at this event (Lendl and Sampras 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 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 final and Rafael Nadal 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.

Wimbledon winners Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen saved two match points to win their encounter with the Indian duo of Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi 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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