Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London
Round Robin, Day 5: [CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR6] Andy Murray (GBR)
It was all on the line for Murray in this match, win in straight sets and he would be in the semifinals. Could he conquer his doubts and focus on playing quality tennis? Murray has a tendency to get down on himself, which results in a loss of focus and playing poorly. After he was pommelled in the first set, he immediately regressed to his negative attitude. Although Federer wobbled a little in his first service game, he quickly regrouped and never hesitated. He served well, had crisp forehands and used the drop shot effectively against Murray.
Murray served poorly, his groundstrokes had no pace and he made too many unforced errors. Federer showed no mercy and feeling confident, he kept the pressure on. There were a few exciting points in the fourth game of the second set and Murray fought valiantly to win the sixth game; however, Federer simply was at his best and Murray at his worst. It was a thorough beating by Federer and Murray will have to spend his off-season questioning his commitment. This is an elite tournament, to make the cut and not give 100% reflects poorly on Murray. Federer won 6-0, 6-1; he wins his group and goes on to another year-end semifinals.