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ATP World Tour Finals live!

ATP World Tour Finals live!

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    11/13/2014 6:22:11 PM
    It's been a busy week testing out the different meals available around the O2, er, I mean covering this fantastic top-level tennis tournament.

    Tonight it was the turn of the Noodle place around the corner from the media centre and my tentatively ordered vegetable chow mein turned out to be a winner. As you can see, it was not the most prepossessing dish ever served up, but appearances proved deceptive. Normally I find such meals a bit bland and have to slaver them in chilli sauce but this little beauty was so tasty it needed no condiment help whatsoever.

    It was complemented perfectly by a cold pint of lager or, if you are my boss, fizzy pint of orangeade with a top (!) and secures a very solid mark of 8.5/10.

    However, competition is stiff this week and that mark is only good enough for third place behind Tuesday's Spicy Beanburger and Stringy Fries (9/10) and yesterday's Base Pizzeria jaunt (9.5/10). Check back tomorrow for the final standings!
    11/13/2014 6:24:25 PM
  • Another great dinner - but 8.5/10 is only good enough for third in the standings!

    11/13/2014 6:26:18 PM
    Tonight's eagerly-awaited night of tennis is underway and Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo have made a good start. They lead Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-1 in the first set.
    11/13/2014 6:30:23 PM
    Tonight's main attraction in these parts is the clash between two chaps called Roger Federer and Andy Murray. These two first met on the ATP Tour in the 2005 Bangkok final, Federer winning 6-3 7-5, and the Swiss great won by the exact same scoreline in Cincinnati earlier this year to level their series at 11-11.

    In between, the pair have locked horns in three Grand Slam finals (all won by Federer) an Olympic final (won convincingly by Murray) and three times at the O2 (all won by Federer). Someone is going to have a 12-11 head2head lead by the end of tonight!

    11/13/2014 6:37:16 PM

  • 11/13/2014 6:37:45 PM
    Seventh seeds Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brz) are bidding for their third win from as many matches this week and are on course to stay unbeaten. They have won the first set 6-4 against the French fourth seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
    11/13/2014 6:53:00 PM
    Barry Millns will be commentating tonight for Sky Sports and kindly took the time to give us his take on the match:
    Federer starts as favourite. He has won all three of their previous meetings at the O2 and both of their meetings this year. Some of the pressure is off him as well, having now qualified for the semi-finals, but he starts any match wanting to win it, and he needs to, if he is to keep alive his slim hopes of finishing the year as World No 1 - although, if Djokovic wins tomorrow, that race is over. Federer will also want to win the group in order to avoid Djokovic in the semi-finals (assuming the Serb wins Group A). As for Murray, knowing he has to win in straight sets now, to reach the semi-finals, should encourage him to be aggressive from the outset. A good start for him is vital.

    11/13/2014 6:59:24 PM
    Leif Shiras of Sky Sports has also stopped by to give his verdict on tonight's big one:

    I think there is a strong feeling that, if Andy lets Roger do what he wants, he is in for a long night. Andy needs to flex his muscles, be aggressive on forehand, use his backhand down the line, and defend well. Federer will come forward today and, the way he is playing, I don't think Andy can win unless he plays his best tennis. Maybe he can win in straight sets and start a great run but, if not, a vacation is pretty nice too! Either one is not too bad for Andy.

    11/13/2014 7:22:06 PM
    Meanwhile, Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin have romped through the second set 6-2 and forced a match tie-break in this evening's doubles encounter.[tie-break]
    11/13/2014 7:23:32 PM
  • Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin are bidding to join Dodig/Melo in the last four and they have a 5-3 lead in the match tie-break.
    11/13/2014 7:28:40 PM
  • 7-5 to the French pair in an entertaining match tie-break. First to 10 wins it!
    11/13/2014 7:32:07 PM
  • 9-7 and it is match point ...
    11/13/2014 7:34:11 PM
  • It's all over! Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin prevail.[game-set-match]
    11/13/2014 7:35:39 PM
    Raucous celebrations from Julien Benneateau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, and why not? It has been another entertaining doubles match and they have defeated Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 4-6 6-2 10-8, a result which means both teams qualify for the semis, with the French duo winning the group.
    11/13/2014 7:38:04 PM
    Bob and Mike Bryan will finish the year as the top-rated doubles team once again and they were around to pick up a trophy marking the feat earlier today.

    11/13/2014 7:40:09 PM
    So, Andy Murray faces a tall order here at the World Tour Finals tonight, needing a straight sets win to reach the last four. It's a good job he does not have to play some guy with 17 Grand Slam titles and who is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player to ever walk the planet. Ah, hang on a minute ... !

    Yep, it could not get much tougher for Andy but he has risen to the challenge many times in his career. Keep it here for full coverage of this one!

    11/13/2014 7:47:16 PM
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    11/13/2014 7:52:00 PM
  • [barrycowan]BARRY'S TIP

    11/13/2014 7:59:00 PM
    The crowd is expectant and it will not be long before these two are out on court. Judging by the number of fans I have seen sporting various Switzerland shirts and flags, Mr Federer is not going to feel very uncomfortable on foreign ground tonight. Unless Stan Wawrinka's fan club have all rocked up a day early!
    11/13/2014 7:59:47 PM
    Lights, cameras, smoke all over the show! Murray and Federer have entered the arena, both receiving vociferous welcomes.
    11/13/2014 8:04:39 PM
  • RE-TOSS!
    Poor toss from the umpire there and the coin rolls to a stop next to the net without landing on either side. You don't see that too often! The second attempt is more successful and the knock-up can get underway.
    11/13/2014 8:08:12 PM
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  • 11/13/2014 8:10:25 PM
    We are underway! Federer serving first, he puts a forehand volley wide to lose the first point.
    11/13/2014 8:14:21 PM
    Federer nets a forehand and Murray has a 0-30 edge early on. He looks to be here for the long haul and a very lengthy rally follows before Murray nets a backhand and Federer then almost misses an easy putaway but Hawkeye shows it just caught the line. 40-30 and Federer takes the opening game when Murray nets a return.
    11/13/2014 8:18:29 PM
    Nice backhand pass from Murray to start the game as Federer goes chip and charge straight away. He is at the net again on the next point and Murray nets this time. Federer on the money with a drop shot and lob next but Murray replies with two aces in a row! But a second serve then bounces wide after hitting the net-cord hard and it's deuce. Federer then gets a break point but squanders it with a wayward forehand return. Back to deuce!
    11/13/2014 8:24:18 PM
    Early break for Federer! Not the start Murray wanted as he puts a tricky shot into the net and then goes long with a forehand.[break]
    11/13/2014 8:25:48 PM
    Really nice backhand pick-up from Federer for a clean winner and his more aggressive approach is paying dividends so far. Murray goes long and Federer holds to love.
    11/13/2014 8:27:41 PM
  • Slow start for Murray so far. Can he hit back?

    11/13/2014 8:29:36 PM
    Federer playing some gorgeous tennis and he cruises into a 0-30 lead when a forehand hits the line. He follows up with a chip and charge, and smashes away a weak Murray lob. Murray then goes long with a laboured forehand and is broken to love! Oh dear.[break]
    11/13/2014 8:31:53 PM
    A brilliant backhand volley from Federer is part of his latest masterclass and a nonplussed Murray goes wide with a forehand to lose another game to love. Look in the dictionary next to 'one-way traffic' and you will see the last few games. Nishikori is looking good for the semis!
    11/13/2014 8:34:11 PM
  • Mr Federer has been imperious so far!

    11/13/2014 8:35:18 PM
    Big roar when Murray wins the first point of the game but he then goes long and the unforced errors are mounting. Federer tries a chip and charge once again but the chip is a little hard this time. However, Murray nets twice to give the second seed a set point ... and then nets a backhand as Federer roars towards the net. Bagel for Murray! Amazing.[set]
    11/13/2014 8:38:56 PM
    Incredible scenes as Federer roars through set one in just 24 minutes. He was inspired while Murray was not on song, all of which means an easy set for Federer and passage through to the semis for Kei Nishikori. Can Murray hit back, even though the semis are now beyond him?

    11/13/2014 8:40:45 PM
  • R FEDERER 6-0 1-0 A MURRAY*
    Business as usual for Federer as set two begins, although he loses a rare point with an over-hit forehand. Murray then goes long and Federer holds to 15, making it seven games in a row.
    11/13/2014 8:43:19 PM
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    11/13/2014 8:45:00 PM
  • R FEDERER* 6-0 2-0 A MURRAY
    Cripes! Federer runs around a forehand on second serve and powers it into the corner to start the game on a high, only for a netted forehand to stall the momentum. Murray makes a welcome appearance at the net and puts away a high volley, only to be undone by a clever dinked drop shot on the next point. 30-30. Double-fault followed by Murray error off another thunderbolt return and Federer prevails again.[break]
    11/13/2014 8:47:40 PM
  • R FEDERER 6-0 3-0 A MURRAY*
    Murray gets it to 15-30 after a patient rally but then puts a forehand long off second serve. That is not the way to go! He nets another return and then goes wide with a backhand return to fall 3-0 behind.
    11/13/2014 8:51:02 PM
  • It is not going Andy's way so far tonight (is my entry for the under-statement of the year award!).

    11/13/2014 8:52:38 PM
  • R FEDERER* 6-0 4-0 A MURRAY
    Murray lobs down a third double-fault of the night and looks ready to head for the beach. Federer is enjoying his company though and crashes a forehand return into the net. Murray then puts a away a smash and has game point ... but Federer produces some astonishing angles to level at deuce. Rather merciless Roger old boy! Murray goes long with a backhand and our break of serve icon will be making its regular appearance on his delivery![break]
    11/13/2014 8:58:46 PM
  • R FEDERER 6-0 5-0 A MURRAY*
    Federer plays some serve-volley to mix things up. To good effect, you will be surprised to hear! Then he double-faults! Did not see that one coming. Another two net approaches pay dividends though and he seals the game with an exquisite drop volley.
    11/13/2014 9:01:37 PM
  • R FEDERER* 6-0 5-1 A MURRAY
    Game to Murray! Federer caresses the ball around court with his forehand to win the opening point and a Murray double-fault makes it 0-30. Federer then puts a volley wide though and has the audacity to look a little annoyed. Second-serve ace from Murray as Federer prepared to run around the serve, Federer goes long with a backhand, and a big first serve seals the game for Murray. He's done it! Good, we didn't want a double bagel.
    11/13/2014 9:07:13 PM
  • R FEDERER* 6-0 5-1 A MURRAY
    Murray still running gamely but Federer holds sway from the net to reach 30-15. Federer forehand wide though. 30-30. Murray nets! Match point ...
    11/13/2014 9:09:20 PM
  • Backhand wide from Murray! Federer has won![game-set-match]
    11/13/2014 9:10:00 PM
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