Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Andy Suffers a Bad Day at the Office as Roger Gets Revenge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Andy Suffers a Bad Day at the Office as Roger Gets Revenge

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ANDY Murray blamed a bad day at the office as his winning run against Roger Federer came to a shuddering halt at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London yesterday.

Hopes were high the Scot could make it three wins in a row against the world number two following his thumping victory over Robin Soderling in the opening round-robin match at the O2 Arena. But that optimism swiftly disappeared as an imperious Federer swept aside his rival to win 6-4 6-2 in only an hour and 17 minutes.

The statistics made difficult reading for Murray, who won only eight points on Federer's serve, did not earn a single break point and succeeded in getting his first serve in only 44% of the time.

The 23-year-old said: "I got off to a bad start in both sets, which doesn't help. I returned poorly, served poorly. Against him, that's not going to win you the match.

"I felt okay from the back of the court, not unbelievable, but there were quite a few good rallies. Normally I get myself into a lot more of them against him." Murray carried a lot of confidence into the match, with the memories of his victories over Federer in Masters Series finals in Toronto and Shanghai still fresh while his performance against Soderling on Sunday, particularly in the first set, had been exemplary.

It quickly became clear this was not going to be one of his good days, though, as, after saving a break point in the first game, he was promptly broken to love in his next service game.

Murray's poor serving was a feature of the match but so were his uncharacteristic struggles on return, usually one of the strongest parts of his game. Federer lost only three points on serve in taking the first set and at the start of the second things got even worse for Murray.

A lengthy first service game ended with Federer seizing an immediate advantage and, when the world number two floated a backhand return down the line for a second successive break, the match was all but over. …

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