Roger Federer overpowered Janko Tipsarevic with his serve at the ATP World Tour Finals on his way to a record 40th match win at the season-ending tournament.
Federer beat the No. 8 seed from Serbia 6-3, 6-1 in his first group match at London’s O2 arena.
The Swiss right-hander fired seven aces past Tipsarevic, who managed three himself. No. 2 seed Federer never faced a break point, winning 95 percent of the points on his first serve compared with 56 percent for his opponent.
“It was a great year and a great summer, but it’s not over yet,” Federer said in a court-side interview after he completed the win with a backhand. “I hope I can keep it up here.”
Before today, Federer had been tied with Czech-born Ivan Lendl for most match wins at the year-end tournament with 39. Federer, 31, defeated France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the London final last year, before going on to win a men’s record-extending 17th major singles title at Wimbledon in July and reclaiming the top spot in men’s tennis for 17 weeks.
The ATP World Tour Finals feature a round-robin format. The top eight singles players and doubles pairs are divided into two groups of four, with the top two in each section moving into the knockout semifinals.
Spain’s David Ferrer faces former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the evening session.
Britain’s Andy Murray, the U.S. Open champion, and top- ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia won their group matches yesterday.
It’s Federer’s 11th appearance at the ATP Finals, and he now has a 40-7 win-loss record. He’s won the title a record six times: in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Lendl and Pete Sampras are next with five season-ending championships.
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