The win means that Murray secured his progression to the Semi-Final on Saturday, where he will most likely face World Number 1, Rafael Nadal.
Two sets of mostly brilliant tennis from the Brit were enough to see off Ferrer with the minimum of fuss.
Murray only needed a set to be certain of qualification, thanks to his first match two sets to love victory over Robin Soderling, and it was evident that he knew the score when he lifted the opening set against Ferrer, as he let out a loud shout of delight in front of his cheering home support at the O2 Arena, in London.
Ferrer was, in truth, fairly easily overpowered by Murray, who took seven games in succession to lift the opening set, before continuing with more of the same in the second.
Ferrer could manage just four games against the impressive Scotsman, who will have to be every bit as good against Ferrer’s compatriot Nadal in the next phase if he is to set up a home final.
Rafael Nadal plays Tomas Berdych this afternoon, and Novak Djokovic plays Andy Roddick this evening in the final matches of Group A. Berdych will need to pick up at least a set against Nadal at least if he is to stand a good chance of progressing, unless Roddick does him a favour by beating Djokovic 2-0.
ATP World Tour Finals 2010 – How Things Stand
Below are the standings following the Federer v Soderling result – at 16:00 GMT on 25 November 2010. The top two players from each Round Robin Group qualify for the Semi-Finals.
- Rafael Nadal ESP (1) (Record 2-0)
- Novak Djokovic SER (3) (Record 1-1)
- Tomas Berdych CZE (6) (Record 1-1)
- Andy Roddick USA (8) (Record 0-2)
- Roger Federer SUI (2) (Record 3-0)
- Andy Murray GBR (5) (Record 2-1)
- Robin Soderling SWE (4) (Record 1-2)
- David Ferrer ESP (7) (Record 0-3)