LONDON, November 14 2014: Roger Federer has qualified for the semi-finals with a perfect 3-0 round-robin record at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Second seed and six-time season finale champion Federer defeated fifth seed Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 in 56 minutes to complete Group B play at The O2 in London on Thursday. It was the 250th indoor match win of his career.
â€œIt wasn’t what I was looking for when I went on the court,â€ said Murray. â€œEverything he tried tonight came off. He has the ability to do that.
It was the joint worst tour-level loss of Murrayâ€™s career. The Briton lost toNovak Djokovic 6-1, 6-0 in the 2007 Miami Open presented by Itau semi-finals.
Kei Nishikori, a winner of four ATP World Tour titles in a career-best season, qualifies for the semi-finals in second place.
Federer has an ATP World Tour-best 71-11 match record on the season, which includes five titles from 10 finals. His biggest win at the season finale came at Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai in 2005, when he defeated Gaston Gaudio 6-0, 6-0.
â€œI had the upper hand from the baseline, which hasn’t always happened against him,â€ said Federer. â€œBut I definitely was able to play on my terms. For me, things went very well. I was able to put Andy under pressure very often, and I think the match couldn’t have gone any better for me really.â€
Murray ends his campaign with a 59-20 mark in 2014, which included three titles in the final six weeks of the regular season to qualify for the seventh straight year.