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Federer lapping up the attention

sports Updated: Nov 12, 2012 23:48 IST
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Roger Federer admits he relishes stealing the spotlight at the ATP Tour Finals, after the world number two enjoyed huge support from the British crowd during his semi-final victory over Andy Murray on Sunday.

While British number one Murray was supposed to be the home fans' favourite at the season-ending event, it was Federer who raised the biggest cheers from the O2 Arena audience in south-east London as the defending champion cruised to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 win that set up a final showdown with Novak Djokovic. Federer has long been popular with fans in the UK after enjoying so much success at Wimbledon. The 31-year-old insists he wasn't surprised with the level of backing he received when taking on Murray.

“We have played here twice before and both times the crowds were amazing, electric and sometimes even in my favour,” Federer said.