Its November, the Top players in the world are in London’s 02 Arena, it can only mean one thing- the ATP World Tour Finals. Roger Federer got the action under way today in a repeat of the Paris Masters Final in Bercy only 7 days previous as the Suisse beat ( again) Jo Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 2-6 6-4. It was far from a vintage Federer performance but in the end his experience told as in the 9th game of the 3rd set, Tsonga folded and gifted Federer a triple match point. Both players will still look to progress to the knockout semi final stages and on this afternoon’s performance there is no reason why they cant.
In the evening match, Spains Rafael Nadal took on O2 Arena first timer Mardy Fish. The poor American has been nursing an injury for the past fortnight which has hampered his preparations and in the first set it showed! Fish was nowere near his best as Nadal kept rolling the balls back midcourt and waiting for his opponent to miss. The second set saw an instant fightback from the Surf Dude from California and more aggressive hitting, pinning Nadal back metres behind the baseline. The American held firm in the second only to be denied at the death in a 3rd set breaker.
Day 2 sees Group A action commence. First up is Andy Murray playing against David Ferrer, a game the Scot should be expected to win. However it appears the O2 Arena is playing very slow this year which will give the hustling, harrying Spaniard a real shot at victory. The night time match sees Tomas Berdych face off against Novak Djokovic, a mouth watering clash. Berdych in fine form himself is likely to test that dodgy Djokovic shoulder and we will all see how fit the Serbian really is.