Federer, Nishikori win in Group B at ATP World Tour Finals

November 11, 2014 5:38 am 

LONDON, Nov. 10 — World No. 5 Kei Nishikori beat British number one Andy Murray while six-time former champion Roger Federer avenged his recent loss to Milos Raonic of Canada in Paris in their Group B matches at the opening day's competition at the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday.

Nishikori, the first Asian player in history to make the year-ending event, demolished last year's Wimbledon champion 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 35 minutes.

It was the Japanese player's first victory in his fourth meeting against Murray.

"I was a little bit tight in the beginning, but I started feeling a little more confident in especially second set," said the 24-year-old Nishikori. "I was very, very solid… I was a little bit surprised at how I played on the court: very confident. I'm looking forward to play the next match."

Nishikori struggled in the early stage, saving one break point in the 10-point third game. Murray took a 3-2 lead after a Nishikori double fault, but two double faults in the next game saw the British hope get broken to love. Nishikori broke to wrap up the 47-minute opener.

The Japanese took control then, pulling ahead 3-0 in the second set. Murray fought back and managed to level 4-4, but Nishikori held his serve and broke again for the set 6-4.

"It's obviously disappointing to lose the first match," said Murray. "I would have liked to have done better. I didn't serve well enough today. I would say that was the biggest difference in the match. He was able to dictate a lot of points, especially behind my second serve. That was statistically the part of the match, I mean, that was the part of the match where he had the upper hand. That was the difference.

"Both of us struggled at the beginning of the match…there were a lot of mistakes. Then, he definitely started playing better at the end of the first set and started feeling a bit more comfortable with those conditions."

Second seed Federer improved to a 45-11 record at the season finale with a 6-1, 7-6 (0) victory over the seventh-seeded Raonic, who was making his debut at the tournament.

Federer was at his aggressive best losing just four of his service point to clinch the 25-minute set. Six of his eight winners came from his forehand. Raonic hit five aces.

The 33-year-old Federer has won the ATP World Tour Finals a record six times in three different cities. (PNA/Xinhua)



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