Federer, Nishikori win London openers

Federer beats Raonic, Nishikori eases past former Wimbledon champion Murray in the Tour Finals opening round.

    Federer is competing at this event for a record 13th time [Getty Images]
    Federer is competing at this event for a record 13th time [Getty Images]

    Roger Federer eased his way into the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-1, 7-6  defeat of Canadian newcomer Milos Raonic in his opening round-robin match.

    The 33-year-old Swiss, competing for a record 13th time at the season-ender, took advantage of some early Raonic nerves to pocket the opening set in 25 minutes but things got tougher.

    Raonic, the first Canadian to qualify for the tournament, began to do damage with his booming serve and even carved out several break point opportunities as world number two Federer's level dipped slightly.

    Six-time champion Federer saved a set point at 5-6 and that proved to be Raonic's last chance.

    Federer quickly asserted himself in the tiebreak and reeled off seven successive points to move top of Group B alongside Japan's Kei Nishikori who had earlier beaten Andy Murray.

    Nishikori started his maiden campaign at the ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over home favourite Murray.

    The fourth-seeded Japanese - the first Asian player to qualify for the year-end championship - was in complete control and secured important points in a tough Group B that also includes Roger Federer and Milos Raonic.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    An insight into the history and present of Christian nationalism, the movement behind Donald Trump's religious support.

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by police officers.

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    What you need to know about the other pandemics that shook the world.