Who’s the daddy?
After one of those evil twin starts, Big Poppa Federer arrived at the O2 arena on Tuesday evening, spanking Andy Murray in the final two sets of their round robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals: 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
This win improves Roger’s record against his Scottish nemesis to 4-6, and it’s the first time he’s ever beaten Murray after losing a set. But even better than a hard-fought win over his younger rival, this victory clinched Roger Federer’s year end No. 1 ranking for the fifth season of his career. Before falling all the way to No. 2 in August of last year, Roger held the No. 1 ranking for a record 237 consecutive weeks. He reclaimed the top spot from Rafael Nadal this July, after winning his record-breaking 15th major at Wimbledon. Federer joins Ivan Lendl as the only other player to have held, lost and regained the ATP World Tour Champion title (a.k.a year-ending No. 1) in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973). What an accomplishment!
Here’s some Federer footage, if you want to bask in the glow of his 2009 season:
Federer fans may want to keep the cork in the champagne until Thursday night. If Juan Martin Del Potro beats Fed in straights and Murray steamrolls Verdasco, Roger will be out of the tournament. Juan Martin stayed in semi-final contention, beating Fernando Verdasco today in a tough three-setter. Here are some highlights from their match.
Group B takes the court on Wednesday with Djokovic vs. Soderling in the afternoon and Nadal vs. Davydenko in the evening match.