Sixth seed Roger Federer recovered quickly after Tuesday’s defeat against Djokovic to secure his first victory at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2013 by overcoming eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet in straight sets in Group B. It was not a perfect performance by the Swiss Maestro as there were plenty of unforced errors creeping into his game (30 in total), yet he bailed himself out by scoring significantly more winners than the Frenchman who thus lost both of his London clashes this week.
Gasquet got the second round match underway by holding to love, but dropped his following service game to eventually fall 3-1 behind. He broke back in the eighth game when FedEx surrendered a serve despite hitting his first pair of aces. However, the highest-ranked Frenchman’s break remained unconfirmed which meant Roger was handed an opportunity to serve for the opener at 5-4 – he prepared a triple set point following his third ace and wrapped it up after Gasquet missed a forehand.
The story of the opening set would more or less be retold in the second one as Gasquet immediately suffered a loss of serve after failing to climb out of a 0-40 hole. While the Swiss consolidated the break, his rival did not drop his head and kept on asking questions from Federer who occasionally struggled on his serve. He managed to get through the fourth game despite a series of forehand mistakes and after fighting off a double break point, whilst he nearly wasted a 40-15 advantage some minutes later before eventually making it 5-3.
The ultimate game of the encounter would follow as Gasquet tried to stay in the set, yet he was not strong enough to hold, whilst FedEx started playing with nerves of his fans by wasting one match point after another. The sixth one finally did the trick for the Swiss champion as he capitalized on his opponent netting a forehand to win 6-4, 6-3 after seventy-nine minutes of play on the Centre Court at the O2 Arena. He will play Juan Martin del Potro in the final round of the group stage, whilst Gasquet will try his luck against Novak Djokovic next.
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