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Ferrer shocks Murray

Andy Murray could find no way through the formidable defences of Spain's David Ferrer as the home...

Britain's Andy Murray. Picture: AFP

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Andy Murray could find no way through the formidable defences of Spain's

David Ferrer as the home favourite slumped to a 6-4 7-5 defeat in his opening

group match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.

The world number three had won all five

previous meetings with Ferrer on hardcourts but produced a flat, error-strewn

performance to leave his hopes of reaching the semi-finals at the season-ender

in serious jeopardy.

Murray broke serve first in both sets but

failed to build any momentum as the tenacious Ferrer returned everything the

Scot could throw at him.

Ferrer sealed the opening set after 57

minutes when Murray hooked a forehand wide, after which the labouring Murray

required treatment on his legs.

Murray went 2-0 ahead in the second set but a

dreadful service game gifted back the advantage and Ferrer stuck to his task

admirably to clinch victory in exactly two hours.

Later on Monday in the other Group A clash

world number one Novak Djokovic begins his campaign against Czech Tomas

Berdych.

Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer both won their

opening Group B matches on Sunday, although they were pushed to three sets

against Mardy Fish and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga respectively.

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