Nadal rolls over Ferrer in Tour Finals opener
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 superstar Rafael Nadal was an easy round-robin winner Tuesday at the $6 million ATP World Tour Finals -- the prestigious eight-player season-ending event.
The former runner-up whipped third-seeded fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2 in 74 minutes at London's O2 Arena. Nadal broke Ferrer six times, compared to only two breaks for the loser.
Ferrer upset his fellow countryman Nadal in a semifinal at last week's Masters tournament in Paris.
Tuesday also marked a rematch of this year's French Open final, which was won by the formidable Nadal.
The 27-year-old Nadal needs only one more win this week to finish as the year- end No. 1 for the third time in his career.
Day 2's other round-robin affair will pit second-seeded Novak Djokovic against sixth-seeded fellow former No. 1 Roger Federer. The two-time Tour Finals champion Djokovic was last year's big winner at The O2, beating the six-time champ Federer in a marquee finale.
The hot Djokovic beat Ferrer in last week's final at the Paris Masters and has won his last 17 matches overall on tour.
This week's four-player Group A features the U.S. and French Open champion Nadal (1-0), the Roland Garros runner-up Ferrer (0-1), fifth-seeded former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych (0-1), and seventh-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka (1-0).
Group B is comprised of the Australian Open titlist Djokovic (0-0), fourth-seeded former U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro (1-0), the 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer (0-0), and eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet (0-1).
Djokovic and Federer are the only former champions in the field. Nadal was the runner-up in 2010; Ferrer was the runner-up in 2007; and del Potro was a runner-up in 2009.
Round-robin play will be staged through Saturday, with the semifinals on Sunday, and the final next Monday. The top-two players from each group will qualify for the semis.
An undefeated champion this week would earn $1.923 million.
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