Will Yoder
Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

Roger Federer defeated rival Rafael Nadal today 6-3, 6-0 in London at the ATP World Tour Finals.

“It's a surprising result,” Federer told the BBC. “I wish Rafa all the best for the rest of the group. I'm excited about the way I played. It's a weight off my shoulders to play the last match without such pressure.”

Federer’s victory was just his third in the pair's previous 12 meetings. The victory means that he will not have to win his match Thursday to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. He is now slotted to play the already eliminated Mardy Fish, while Nadal will have to face Wilfried Tsonga for the second semi-finals position in Group B. Once the top ranked player in the world, Federer had slipped to the No. 4 position in the ATP Singles Rankings. Rafael Nadal is currently ranked No. 2 in the world.

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