22 Nov 2010

Fed and Murray send message to rivals with comfortable wins

11:07 am on 22 November 2010

Roger Federer got straight down to business at the ATP World Tour Tennis Finals this morning with the world number two trouncing Spain's David Ferrer 6-1 6-4.

The 29-year-old Swiss, bidding to win the year-ending showpiece for a record-equalling fifth time, produced a ruthless display to take his career record against Ferrer to 11-0.

Federer blazed into a 4-nil lead in the opening set with a succession of sublime winners and although his seventh-ranked opponent doggedly stuck to his task, he was no match for the imperious 16-times grand slam champion.

After claiming the opening set in 33 minutes, Federer had to fend off three break points while serving for the match at 5-4 before sealing a victory that puts him top of Group B with Andy Murray, who earlier crushed Swede Robin Soderling in straight sets.

Federer and Murray will square off on Wednesday.

Group A begins on Tuesday with world number one Rafael Nadal facing Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic taking on Tomas Berdych.

The top two from each group advance to the semi-finals.