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Latest update : 2010-11-26

Britain’s Andy Murray eased into the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday, dismissing Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets. But the Briton was surprisingly downbeat about his chances in the next round.

REUTERS - Andy Murray played down his chances of beating Rafa Nadal on Thursday after booking his place in the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-2 6-2 defeat of Spain's David Ferrer.

Murray recovered from some anxious early moments against Ferrer to reach Saturday's semi-finals where he will play Nadal should the world number one beat Tomas Berdych on Friday in the concluding Group A matches.
 
However, despite beating him on their last meeting in Toronto, Murray appeared to write-off his chances should the dominant Mallorcan stand in his way.
 
"He's obviously the best player in the world," Murray, who finished behind Roger Federer in Group B, told reporters. "I've watched his matches here. He's been playing unbelievably well.
 
"I don't seem to beat those guys in the big matches. Obviously I'm going to be playing against someone like Rafa. So it's going to be an incredibly tough match.
 
"There's not really a whole lot of room for error. But I'll try and win. But I'm not sure I've got a whole lot of chance if I play against him."
 
Federer's defeat of Robin Soderling meant home favourite Murray needed only to win one set against Ferrer but he made a messy start and lost the opening two games.
 
However, Murray reeled off the next six with some punishing groundstrokes to ensure British interest in the season-ending tournament at the weekend.
 
He completed a routine victory in 69 minutes to improve on his performance of last year when he missed out on the semi-finals on a games countback to Juan Martin Del Potro despite also winning two of his three group matches.
 
"It's very easy to say you've just got to win the match," Murray said of his task against Ferrer.
 
"But when you know what's at stake, you want to get off to a good start.
 
"You know your opponent needs to get off to a good start to win or to go through. He obviously started off a little bit better than me."
 
World number seven Ferrer departs having lost all three of his matches, although his hurt pride will be soothed by taking home a cheque for $120,000 for taking part.
 
"Today I have a lot of problems, physically and mentally," 2007 finalist Ferrer said. "Is difficult to play with these guys if I'm not perfect. It's impossible."
 
Group A, which is led by Nadal will be decided on Friday when the Spaniard plays Berdych and Andy Roddick faces Novak Djokovic.

 

Date created : 2010-11-26

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