ATP World Tour Finals 2010: Match Preview - Andy Murray versus David Ferrer

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ATP World Tour Finals 2010: Match Preview - Andy Murray versus David Ferrer
World number five Andy Murray and David Ferrer are scheduled to meet in the evening session for a Group B match at the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday. This will be their fifth career encounter on the tour.
It is a battle of two wounded warriors, as the number one Scott has to win this one after his worst loss at the hands of Roger Federer in the previous match whereas David Ferrer has nothing but pride on stake, as the Spaniard has already lost his two round-robin
clashes in the elite eight man field in London.
The 23-year-old Murray disappointed his local fans badly as he was easily toppled by the Swiss tennis maestro in straight sets. Murray, who enters in London with a win loss mark of 45-16 on the season, did lose close battles to mighty Roger on many occasions
in the past as well, however this time he was thoroughly drubbed by the Swiss superstar in front of his home crowd, who were hoping a cracker of a game. Murray could not stop the surge of the four time London winner in the end.
The number one Brit, who is on course to finish in the top five on the third occasion in a row, posted a comfortable victory in his first round robin clash and thus the Scott still has chance to make it into the final four round at the prestigious event
in London.
He has already proved his hard-court finesse in 2010 by picking up trophies in Toronto and Shanghai. His other season highlights include runner up efforts in the Australian Open, Los Angeles, semi final appearance in Wimbledon and quarter final runs in Indian
Wells, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid, Cincinnati, Beijing and BNP Paribas Masters in Bercy.
The Scott definitely has an edge over the Spaniard. All he needs to do is to get into the rhythm in his third round robin match as quickly as possible.
World number twelve Ferrer, on the other hand, has failed to produce any sparkling results in his last two round-robin clashes. The professional tennis ace from Spain managed to make it into the year finale after his trophy win at the Valencia Open. The
right hander however is undoubtedly playing below par here in London.
He has little or negligible chances to make a cut in this event, however Ferrer can still take some pride home, if the Spaniard would be able to pull a win versus Andy Murray.
Ferrer is regarded as a dangerous contender on clay. The 29-year-old, who comes in with a match record of 61-13 on the year, started his 2010 campaign with a title victory in Acapulco, followed by a runner up effort in Rome Masters before being bundled out
by the world number one Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss native, who was also a finalist at the season end tournament back in 2007, has some promising results recently. The most notable of which was his trophy run in Valencia. He must be reeling under loads of pressure after his first two defeats in
London; however he certainly has the class to stun the Scott.
Ferrer also leads the pair’s head to head series at 3-1. Interestingly, all these three victories have come on clay. Murray triumphed in just a single clash versus Ferrer, when they met on hard court in Toronto Masters back in 2006.
Last time, the two of them faced each other in Madrid Masters, where the Spaniard overpowered the Scott in straight sets. The final score line was 7-5 6-3.
If they were contesting on clay, then Ferrer would be the absolute favourite however there is not much room for doubt with Murray on the hard court when Ferrer is the opponent.



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