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LONDON — Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh season-ending tour title, looking like the man to beat again.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion won his record 40th match at the tournament, defeating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 Tuesday in his opening Group B match of the ATP Finals.

Federer lost only eight points on his serve under the roof of the O2 Arena while converting four of his nine break points in the event that features the top eight players in the world.

"Obviously, come in knowing that I've played so well past years, I expect myself also to be at a solid level," said Federer, who also won his seventh Wimbledon title this year and a silver medal at the London Olympics. "I've had a good year. It's true, I feel like I'm striking the ball well after today."

A day after Andy Murray made his return to Britain for the first time since winning the U.S. Open, the crowd got into Tuesday's match, complete with cowbells ringing and constant chanting for Federer.

Also in Group B, David Ferrer beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

DAVIS CUP: The Czech Republic will rely on Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek in the final against Spain, Nov. 16-18 on an indoor hardcourt in Prague.


Mets outfielder hurt while moving

Mets outfielder Lucas Duda broke his right wrist while moving furniture last month at his apartment in Southern California. The team said he had surgery Monday and is expected to be ready for spring training in February.

ASTROS: David Stearns, 27, was named assistant general manager. He had been Cleveland's director of baseball operations.

RANGERS: Right-hander Yu Darvish won't pitch for Japan in the World Baseball Classic next spring, choosing instead to focus on preparing for his second major-league season.

YANKEES: Two relievers, righty David Herndon and lefty Josh Spence, were claimed off waivers.


Wrestler stripped of bronze medal

The IOC stripped Soslan Tigiev, a freestyle wrestler from Uzbekistan, of his Olympic bronze medal for doping. Tigiev tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. Hungary's Gabor Hatos will be upgraded to bronze in the 74-kilogram class.


Two advance in Champions League

Spanish club Malaga, making its UEFA Champions League debut, qualified for the knockout stage after a 1-1 tie at Italy's AC Milan. FC Porto of Portugal also clinched a place in the Round of 16 with a 0-0 tie at Dynamo Kiev. English champion Manchester City rallied from 2-0 down on goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero to tie visiting Ajax 2-2.


AUTOS: Brian Vickers, who won the Nationwide championship in 2003, will run in NASCAR's second-tier series full-time next year for Joe Gibbs Racing.

CYCLING: South Africa's David George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, admitted using the blood-boosting drug EPO after failing a doping test. George failed an out-of-competition test Aug. 29.

ARENA LEAGUE: The Tampa Bay Storm signed defensive back Chris Smith, who played at Palmetto High, and defensive lineman Tremaine Johnson as free agents.

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