ATP World Tour Finals Day 2 preview
Roger Federer defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rafael Nadal held off Mardy Fish on Sunday on the first day of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Here's the schedule for Day 2:
Andy Murray vs. David Ferrer: It all starts here for Murray as he attempts to win the biggest title of his career. He couldn't have asked for a better first-match draw than Ferrer, who is 0-5 against the Scot on hardcourts. Ferrer is coming off a mediocre post-U.S. Open fall season, with losses to Juan Monaco (Valencia), John Isner (Paris) and twice to Murray (Shanghai, Tokyo). Murray will need to manage his nerves playing in front of his home crowd, and if he does wobble, Ferrer has to capitalize. That's the Spaniard's best (only?) chance.
Here's highlights from their last match in Shanghai that Murray comfortably won 7-5, 6-4 -- Ferrer's second consecutive straight-set loss to Murray.
Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych: Berdych's only win over Djokovic in eight matches was a big one: He beat the Serb in straight sets in the Wimbledon semifinals last year to make his first and only Grand Slam final. Berdych unleashed massive forehand after massive forehand and never let Djokovic get his legs into the match. That's what he'll have to do here as he tries to notch a second win.
No one really knows what to expect from Djokovic this week and he's downplayed any fitness concerns. If he's healthy, he's the guy to slot into the final. If he's not, every man in the locker room will know it and relish the chance to knock him off his perch.