Sin sorpresas en el Grupo A

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Partían como favoritos antes del inicio del Grupo A en el ATP World Tour de Londres 2012 y cumplieron las expectativas. Novak Djokovic y Andy Murray disputarán las semifinales del torneo de maestros al acabar primero y segundo respectivamente.

El número uno del mundo se encargó de cerrar la fase de grupos con un pleno de victorias al superar a Tomas Berdych, que llegaba igualado con Murray (un partido ganado y uno perdido) y con la esperanza de dar la campanada. Djokovic ganó 6-2, 7-6. En la primera manga se mostró muy sólido y no dio opción al checo, que dentro de una semana disputará frente a España la final de la Copa Davis. Ya en el segundo set, Tomas apuró sus opciones y llegó al ‘tie-break’, pero se despidió de Londres tras un ajustado 8-6.

Posteriormente, Murray debía hacer bueno el apoyo de la grada londinense, pero delante tenía a un Jo-Wilfried Tsonga que, pese a llevar dos derrotas en dos jornadas, aún tenía opciones de pisar las semifinales. Pronto se disipó esa esperanza con un claro 6-2 para el escocés, mientras que en el siguiente parcial también se alcanzó el ‘tie-break’, pero un rotundo 7-3 certificó el pase de Murray como segundo a semifinales.

Hoy se decide el Grupo B con la disputa de la tercera jornada. Roger Federer (2-0) abre el fuego ante Juan Martín del Potro (1-1) con el suizo ya metido en semifinales, aunque todavía sin conocer si como primero o segundo, y posteriormente David Ferrer (1-1) quiere cerrar su clasificación frente a Janko Tipsarevic (0-2), ya eliminado.Both players came into Group A at the London ATP World Tour as the favourites to advance and both players have lived up to expectations. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will take part in the semi-finals of the Masters tournament after finishing first and second in their group respectively.

The world no. 1 secured his spot in the next round of the competition after three straight victories, which were rounded off with a win over Tomas Berdych, who came into yesterday’s day of action tied with Murray (one win and one loss) and hoping to edge it past the Scot. However, Djokovic put an end to any such hopes with a 6-2, 7-6 win. The Serb looked really solid in the opening set and didn’t allow the Czech into the match. Berdych, who will be facing Spain next week in the Davis Cup final, made life far more difficult for Djokovic in the second set though, and a tight tie-break (8-6) was needed to ensure a third set wasn’t required.

Following that, Murray had to make good the support from the London crowd as he took on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who despite having lost his opening two encounters in the tournament still had a chance of advancing to the semi-finals. His hopes of doing that were quickly dashed though as the Scot took an early 6-2 lead. In the second set went to a tie-break also, but this time it was a far more one-sided affair as Murray killed off the tie with a 7-3 win.

Today will see the final Group B matches being played. Roger Federer (2-0), who is already through to the semis, but is still unsure if he will finish first or second, takes on Juan Martin Del Potro (1-1). To round off the group stage, David Ferrer (1-1) will be trying to secure his passage to the semis as he takes on the already-eliminated Janko Tipsarevic (0-2).