Fed­erer sinks Tip­sare­vic to set Tour Fi­nals record

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LON­DON

Roger Fed­erer started his bid for a seventh ATP Tour Fi­nals ti­tle in record-break­ing fash­ion as the Swiss great crushed Janko Tip­sare­vic 6-3, 6-1 at Lon­don's O2 Arena.

Fed­erer's vic­tory took him to 40 match wins in his 11 ap­pear­ances at the pres­ti­gious sea­son-end­ing event, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 39 held by Ivan Lendl.

The 31-year-old al­ready has a record six ti­tles in this sea­son-end­ing event af­ter win­ning the tour­na­ment for the last two years and he looks in the mood to com­plete a hat-trick on the ev­i­dence of this em­phatic Group B vic­tory over the Ser­bian eighth seed in just one hour and eight min­utes.

Since win­ning Wim­ble­don for a 17th Grand Slam crown and re­turn­ing to the top of the world rank­ings in July, Fed­erer has en­dured some­thing of a rough ride by his own sky-high stan­dards. He squan­dered a chance to win a gold medal in the Olympic sin­gles af­ter be­ing thrashed by Andy Mur­ray in the fi­nal and then suf­fered a shock loss in the US Open quar­ter­fi­nals against To­mas Berdych.

Fed­erer was also beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in the fi­nal of his home­town event in Basel last month and sur­ren­dered his num­ber one rank­ing to No­vak Djokovic as a re­sult.

But what­ever his strug­gles else­where, Fed­erer has al­ways thrived at this sea­son fi­nale and the world num­ber two was quickly into his stride against Tip­sare­vic.

Tip­sare­vic had been suf­fer­ing from a virus for sev­eral days lead­ing up to the tour­na­ment and was forced to with­draw from his Paris Masters quar­ter-fi­nal last week due to ex­haus­tion.

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