Defending champion and 6 time ATP World Tour Finals winner Roger Federer beat Janko Tipsarevic in their first group match of this year’s tournament, prevailing in straight sets 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 8 minutes.
Federer started off on an aggressive note, taking Tipsarevic’s serve in the second game of the match. The Swiss maestro stepped up on the Serb’s second serve a couple of times, taking full control of the rally and forcing his opponent to commit errors. Despite Tipsarevic getting on the score board with a hold to love in game four, Roger responded in the same tone, taking a 4-1 lead. With both players holding their serves for the remaining games, Federer wrapped up the set with his second hold to love after just 31 minutes of play.
The Serbian player stepped into the second with a bit more confidence, this time holding serve in the opening game. However, Federer kept on asking the questions and earned himself a couple more break points in game three. Despite Tipsarevic saving both of them with a forehand and a serve winner, he was just avoiding the inevitable as the Swiss managed to convert the third one just before consolidating the break with a love game to go 3-1 up. Janko found himself under more pressure in the very next game as he was facing three more break points. Although successfully averting two of them with an ace and a first serve winner, Federer grabbed the third one after the best rally of the match, producing a smashing forehand winner at the end of it. The rest of the encounter was just a formality and the 17 time Grand Slam champion pocketed his first group win at this year’s ATP Finals.
With this win, Federer achieved the 40th match victory at the ATP Finals and overtook Ivan Lendl’s record of 39 wins.