Six-time champion Roger Federer got his first win at this year’s ATP World Tour Finals, beating Richard Gasquet to keep alive his chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the tennis season-ending event.
The Swiss former No. 1 beat the Frenchman 6-4, 6-3 at London’s O2 arena. Federer must now get past Juan Martin Del Potro in his final round-robin match in two days to have a chance of advancing. He lost his opening Group B match to tournament favorite Novak Djokovic.
The record 17-time Grand Slam winner broke Gasquet in the third game and was never behind from that moment. The Frenchman fought back with a break of his own to tie at 4-4, but Federer immediately broke him again before serving out the first set.
Federer kept his momentum by winning Gasquet’s initial service game of the second set. He served out the remainder of the match, winning 68 percent of the points on his first serve. He broke Gasquet a fourth time to win the match in an hour and 21 minutes.
Sixth-seeded Federer is making his 12th appearance at the tournament between the top eight players, and has only once failed to reach the semifinals.
Gasquet, seeded eight, has now lost two matches and must beat Djokovic in two days to keep a hope of advancing.
Djokovic and Del Potro will play later today in the other Group B match.
In the doubles, third seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil beat Polish pair Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-3, 3-6, 10-2 to top their group with two wins out of two.