The O2 Arena witnessed a true master at work in the form of Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, who showed the gulf in class between him and British no.1 Andy Murray last night.
The current world no.2 saw off a more than disappointing Murray, beating the Scotsman 6-0, 6-1 in just under an hour.
The rampant Federer barely broke a sweat on his way to victory in London and qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour with an impressive, albeit expected, three wins in as many matches.
The Swiss, who had already secured qualification going in to the much-built up event thus was helped to breeze past Murray without with ease due to having no pressure on his shoulders, he claims.
The 33-year-old said: “Clearly, I'm very happy to play a good match today. I knew I was qualified so maybe I went in a bit more relaxed.
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“It's not the way I thought it was going to go, but there's always next year for Andy and hopefully he can have a good season.”
“It's not the way I thought it was going to go, but there's always next year for Andy and hopefully he can have a good season"
The match between the bitter rivals, in terms of tennis anyway, may have been overcompensated but surely no one believed that the final result would be anything other than a Federer victory?
The Swiss outlined that he was undeniably glad he didn’t come out with a double whitewash.
“At the end I was happy I didn't win the second to last game to be quite honest.”
Perhaps everyone is being too hard on the Scotsman, who did manage to win the ATP Valencia open 500 less than a month ago – albeit against weaker opposition.
Fighting for top spot
For Federer, the ambition to become world no.1 again – a feat that many already consider him to be – is still very much alive. However if current world no.1 Novak Djokovic manages to win against Tomas Berdych later on tonight, then he will hang on to the much coveted top spot.
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