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Roger Federer is on fire as Andy Murray gets mauled

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray's troubled season ended in humiliation against Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The Scot went into the clash with hopes of the straight-sets win that would have booked his spot in the semi-finals, but he walked off the court 56 minutes later having lost 6-0 6-1.

Murray was two points away from losing 6-0 6-0 for the first time since he was a 16-year-old playing on the lowly Futures circuit.

He at least avoided that ignominy, but there was no consolation at all to be gained from the single game he managed to win against a player he has so often frustrated in the past.

In a tournament of one-sided matches, Murray now has the unwanted distinction of having suffered the worst defeat since the event moved to London's O2 Arena in 2009, while it was his heaviest loss for over seven years.

Murray said: "I've lost slam finals and stuff, which has been very tough, but in terms of the way the match went, yeah, it was not ideal from my side of the court - far from it.

"Obviously 6‑0, 6-0, that's never happened to me in my career, I don't think. 6‑0, 6-1, has maybe happened once before, obviously not often. So, yeah, it's very disappointing, especially in a match like that.

"It's not a nice way to finish the year, but I know there's obviously a lot for me to work on now.

"I didn't feel like I was playing that badly going into the match. I'd had some good wins the last few weeks and had played decent against Milos (Raonic).

"I know I'm going to have to put a lot of work in on my game. If I want to start the season with an opportunity to win in Australia."

Federer tried to conjure up some crumbs of comfort for his vanquished opponent, saying: "Clearly I'm very happy to play a good match today.

"I knew I was qualified so maybe I went in a bit more relaxed. It's not the way I thought it was going to go but there's always next year for Andy and hopefully he can have a good season."

Kei Nishikori's 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory over alternate David Ferrer earlier in the day meant Murray knew he could not lose a set if he wanted to pip the Japanese player to a spot in the last four.

Murray won the first two points on the Federer serve, but he then lost an epic rally and from there things unravelled in double-quick time.

Federer knew before the match he was already through while Murray couldn't land a first serve - just seven in the first set.

From deuce in the second game, Federer won 14 points in a row to lead 5-0 and Murray could not prevent the embarrassment of a love set.

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