Tennis: Murray hammered 6-0 by Federer, crashes out of Finals

Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his tennis match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London Nov 13, 2014. Roger Federer allowed Andy Murray only eight points in a 6-0 first set in their ATP World
Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his tennis match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London Nov 13, 2014. Roger Federer allowed Andy Murray only eight points in a 6-0 first set in their ATP World Tour Finals clash on Thursday, securing top place in Group B in the process and putting Murray out of the tournament. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Roger Federer allowed Andy Murray only eight points in a 6-0 first set in their ATP World Tour Finals clash on Thursday, securing top place in Group B in the process and putting Murray out of the tournament.

Kei Nishikori's earlier three-set win over alternate David Ferrer ensured Federer would reach the semi-finals even before taking to court against Murray, while Murray knew only a straight sets win would be enough for him.

Federer ended any confusion in emphatic style, handing out a fearful first-set beating to the man who he lost to in the Olympic singles final at Wimbledon in 2012.

Cracking winners at will against a demoralised Murray, the 33-year-old Swiss maestro silenced the O2 crowd with a formidable onslaught.