Roger Federer got off to a perfect start in the Barclays ATP World Tour 2014 as he outclassed the young talent in form of Milos Raonic. The evening was even more special as Federer was awarded with Fan’s Favourite award by former great Stefan Edberg on whom the award has been named after. The crowd at the O2 Arena were abuzz and the atmosphere was electric as an emotional Federer thanked the crowd for their continuous love and support. He had a brilliant start to the evening as he faced little difficulty in keeping Milos at bay. He defeated the Canadian in straight sets 6-1, 7-6.
The first day of the ATP World Tour Finals 2914 started off with a rather surprising result in Kei Nishikori getting the better of local favourite Andy Murray but the second round robin match did not spring up any surprise as Federer pursued his routine work against Raonic. Federer who has never lost against the same player successively in his career, maintained the perfect record by not becoming the victim opposite Raonic who defeated him in their last encounter at the Paris Masters.
It was matter of 25 minutes in the opening set as Roger Federer did not allow Milos Raonic to settle in the opening set. He broke Raonic on his first service game to go 3-0 up. Raonic looked like bundle of nerves as he found himself under double-break points, a situation well capitalized by Federer to take the opening set.
The second set saw a better show from Milos Raonic as he returned better, did not allow any easy points on his service game. He served better, quicker but his inability to take advantage of the break point games failed him. He had several chances before Federer closed it by taking the one-sided tie-breaker.