Open­ing vic­tory

Fed­erer ad­vances at ATP Fi­nals

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LON­DON — One break of serve, and a mini-break, was all Roger Fed­erer needed to win his open­ing match at the sea­son-end­ing ATP Fi­nals on Sun­day.

The 19-time Grand Slam cham­pion broke Jack Sock at the start of his 6-4, 7-6 (4) vic­tory at the O2 Arena. Both then held serve the rest of the way, with Fed­erer los­ing only three points on his serve in the sec­ond set.

"Sure, I had a tac­ti­cal plan with my team," Fed­erer said. "But very of­ten in a first match like this, it gets thrown over­board be­cause at the end you're just happy to be serv­ing well. Fo­cus on that first, and then on the re­turn game sort of try your best, try to keep the ball in play, and go from there."

The 36-year-old Fed­erer, who is ranked No. 2 in the world and won the Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don this sea­son, is the old­est player ever to qual­ify for the sea­so­nend­ing tour­na­ment, which started in 1970.

In the late match, Alexan­der Zverev beat Wim­ble­don run­ner-up Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. AP

AP

TRI­UMPH. Roger Fed­erer of Switzer­land cel­e­brates at match point af­ter beat­ing Jack Sock of the United States in their sin­gles ten­nis match at the ATP World Fi­nals at the O2 Arena in Lon­don, Sun­day, Novem­ber 12.

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