Spaniard David Ferrer continued in his superb performances as he beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentine in three sets 6-3 3-6 6-4 in their opening group match at the ATP World Tour Finals 2012 in London.
Ferrer dominated the first set, moving Del Potro very wisely from side to side and making him to come up with an error. After the Spaniard took Delpo’s serve in the fourth game of the set, he never looked back and sealed it with a 6-3 scoreline, hitting 8 winners and the same number of unforced errors on the way. On the other side of the net, the Argentine produced 9 winners and committed 16 unforced errors.
The key moments of the second set came at the beginning of it as Ferrer earned himself another three break point opportunities in the third game just for Del Potro to save them all and hold for a 2-1 lead. It was the Argentine who managed to take his opponent’s serve in the very next game and consolidated the break with a hold to love to go 4-1 up. Although the Spanish matador had one more chance for a re-break when Del Potro was serving for the set at 5-3, he couldn’t capitalise and the London crowd was going to witness a decider. The stats for the set were a lot more even – Del Potro: 16 winners, 16 UEs; Ferrer 12 winners, 12 UEs.
Ferrer stormed to a 3-0 lead in the third set with one break to the good and it seemed that he had broken Del Potro’s resistance. Although the Argentine is a great fighter and managed to claw the break back to level the score at 4-4, he failed to deliver when serving to stay in the match at 4-5, with the Spaniard pumping his fists in celebration as he got the first group win at this year’s tournament.
In the previous group match, 6 time ATP Finals champion Federer outclassed Tipsarevic in two easy sets 6-3 6-1.