LONDON — Roger Federer became the first man to qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with victory over David Ferrer on Thursday.
Report by BBC Sport
The six-time champion ensured he will not have to rely on other results with a 6-4, 7-6, (7-5) win.
Federer has had two straight-sets wins and plays Juan Martin del Potro in his last Group B match today.
Del Potro eased past Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4 in Thursday’s second singles match.
“I definitely needed a good second serve, especially in the first set. I didn’t have that many serves in play the way I wanted to — either the rhythm was off a bit or I wasn’t pushing enough with the legs, or whatever it might have been.
“But I think also credit to him (Ferrer) for being a great return player, getting back a lot of good returns on good serves.”
Asked about his feelings on the ATP World Tour Finals staying at the O2 Arena until 2015, he added: “I’ve loved everywhere I’ve played over the years at the World Tour Finals, but I think this one is obviously special, because it’s in London and the O2 is an amazing venue.
“I’m happy it’s going to stay here for the next few years.”