Roger Federer is aiming for his third straight title in London. Image courtesy of eurosport.com/AFP
Four years ago Janko Tipsarevic took Roger Federer to the brink in a fourth round match at the Australian Open before the Swiss master won 10-8 in the fifth. Unfortunately for the Serb, he hasn’t come within cooee of Federer before or after that match, losing their other four encounters in straight sets , and all in comprehensive fashion.
In addition to that miserable head-to-head record, Federer has won the last two ATP World Tour Finals in London, so Tipsarevic faces an uphill battle to even come close in this one. He is not in the greatest of form either, with a 9-6 record since the US Open, and he has had to retire from his last two matches.
Federer, on the other hand, has excellent recent form after reaching the semis in Shanghai and the final at his home tournament in Basel. He missed the Paris Masters last week so he should be well and truly refreshed for the start of his title defence.
In Wednesday morning’s (AEDT) match-up, David Ferrer takes a 5-2 career advantage over Juan Martin Del Potro in to their round-robin clash. The Spaniard has won the last three between the two, but they are 2-2 on hardcourt.
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