London: Spain's David Ferrer defeated world No.9 Janko Tipsarevic in three sets in their last match at the $8.85 million ATP Tour Finals here. Neither of the tennis players could reach the semi-finals, but Ferrer's win Saturday meant that defending champion Roger Federer took first place in Group B, leaving Juan Martin del Potro second.
In the semi-finals, Federer will encounter local star Andy Murray, while del Potro will play world No.1 Novak Djokovic, the only player left with an unbeaten record. In the match that saw 11 breaks of serve, Ferrer snatched a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 come-from-behind victory. "It was not easy, because I knew before the match that even if I won, I would not qualify for the semi-finals," Ferrer said on the ATP website.
"I began very badly. But in the second set, I played better and I won the match. It was important because I have more points and it's good for the next year." Tipsarevic, 28, was eliminated in the round robin for the second year in a row at the Tour Finals, but was satisfied with his performance this year. "Overall, I'm happy," said Tipsarevic. "I'm happy with the consistency that I had. I managed to stay consistently top 10 until the end of the year. Being here is a big honour for me for the second year in a row."
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London: The ATP says its season-ending finals will stay in London for an extra two years to 2015. The ATP Tour finale for the top eight players is in the fourth year of a five-year deal to play at the O2 Arena in the British capital. ATP President Brad Drewett says "the excitement created by our season-ending tournament in London has been fantastic, with fans, players, media, and commercial partners...
07:32 PM, Nov 07, 2012
Paris: Defending champion Robin Soderling has pulled out of next month's Paris Masters because of illness, organisers said on Thursday. World number six Soderling is suffering from the viral infection mononucleosis and has not played since he won in Bastad last July. The Swede's withdrawal will jeopardise his chances of playing in the ATP Tour Finals in London next month, for which three of the eight places are still up...
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