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By Chris Oddo

David Ferrer wins opener at the 2012 ATP World Tour Final versus Del Potro (November 6, 2012) -- David Ferrer maintained his fine form in London today as he won his eleventh consecutive match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 over Juan Martin del Potro in the final match of the day at the O2 Arena in London.

Ferrer, who has beaten Del Potro the last four times he has faced him, broke the Argentine in the final game of the match to clinch the topsy-turvy three-set affair in two hours and sixteen minutes.

Ferrer looked to be cruising to an easy victory but a run of hot play by Del Potro in the second set forced a decider. By saving five of five break points in the second set, the Argentine ended an eight-set losing streak that began when Ferrer came back from two sets to one down against Del Potro in the Davis Cup final last year.

Del Potro proceeded to drop the first three games of the final set before rallying to level the decider at 4-all. But after an easy hold, Ferrer broke to love with Del Potro serving to stay alive.

The victory, Ferrer's tour-leading 73rd of the season, puts the 30-year-old in second place in Group B's standings behind Roger Federer.

This isn't the first time that Del Potro has lost his first match at the World Tour Finals. In 2009, Del Potro lost to Andy Murray, but rebounded to win three consecutive three-set matches against Fernando Verdasco, Roger Federer and Robin Soderling to reach the final.

Ferrer, a former finalist in 2007, reached the semifinals last year before bowing out to Roger Federer. The Spaniard is 0-13 vs. Federer lifetime.

In the final doubles match of the day Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek made short work of Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 7-5. Paes, a four-time runner-up at this event in fourteen lifetime appearances, is making his first appearance at the prestigious year-end event with Stepanek.


(Photo Credit: AP)

 

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