Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals 2010 – Murray Reaches Semi-Final with Win Over Ferrer

Brit Andy Murray defeated Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 yesterday evening in the final Group B Round Robin match of ATP World Tour Finals 2010.

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.

Group A

  1. Rafael Nadal ESP (1) (Record 2-0)
  2. Novak Djokovic SER (3) (Record 1-1)
  3. Tomas Berdych CZE (6) (Record 1-1)
  4. Andy Roddick USA (8) (Record 0-2)

Group B

  1. Roger Federer SUI (2) (Record 3-0)
  2. Andy Murray GBR (5) (Record 2-1)
  3. Robin Soderling SWE (4) (Record 1-2)
  4. David Ferrer ESP (7) (Record 0-3)

In This Story: Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the third-most in history for a male player, five ATP Finals titles, a record 36 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 289 weeks (second of all time). In majors, he has won a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title. By winning the 2016 French Open, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the third man to hold all four major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969.

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    Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

    Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.

    In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.

    Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay).

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