|Posted on November 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka will be squaring off for the 13th time in their careers and for the fourth time this season when they collide during round-robin play at the World Tour Finals on Monday afternoon. Berdych is making his fourth appearance in London, all in succession dating back to 2009. Stanislas Wawrinka is making his World Tour Finals.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Stanislas Wawrinka
Wawrinka won the match 6-3 6-7(0-7) 6-3.
04 11 2013
Wawrinka Tops Berdych In Group A
Wawrinka broke Berdych for a 4-2 lead in the first set. Having led 40/15, when serving for the set, he was forced to save a break point before closing it out.
Berdych could not convert any of his four break point opportunities en route to the second-set tie-break. He struck 14 winners to seal the 65-minute set.
"It was not my best tie-break this year, for sure," said Wawrinka. "But against that kind of player, [it] can be really fast tie-break. The two first points were really important. He started to relax a little bit, to serve better.
"When I sat down after the set, I was still thinking I was the best player on the court. I had to focus again on my serve and [aim to] start the third set a little bit more aggressively to show him that I was going to try to win the match."
Wawrinka bounced back immediately and broke serve for a 3-1 lead in the decider.
Aggressive throughout the pair’s 13th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, Wawrinka hit 43 winners and committed 42 unforced errors for victory in two hours and 25 minutes.
Berdych, who is competing for the fourth year in a row, won 46 per cent of his second service points.
"Losing is not a good start," said Berdych. "But there are still two other matches to go. It was a very close game again. Stan was better in actually like executing the chances. He had four break points, make two. I had five, make zero. I think that's been really a big difference today."
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer also compete in Group A.
Berdych has lost his opening match at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for four straight years (Novak Djokovic in 2010-11, Andy Murray last year).
The middle set bagel tie-break was first at the season finale since 2008, when Nikolay Davydenko beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(0) in round robin play.
Tomas Berdych's parents are in London
Tomas Berdych's coach Tomas Krupa
Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani
Tomas Berdych's girlfriend
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 4, 2013
S. WAWRINKA/T. Berdych
6-3, 6-7, 6-3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Just how you saw that match, how disappointing it is to make a losing start.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, well, I mean, really losing to start is not a good start. But, you know, there are still two other matches to go.
As I saw the match, well, I mean, it was a very close game again. It's been really about the small chances. You know, Stan was better in actually like executing the chances.
I think it was nearly the same. He had four breakpoints, make two. I had five, make zero. I think that's been really a big difference today. You know, very close score in the end.
Q. So what was the main problem with Stan when you play him? You have lost several matches now against him. You think it's pretty even, but he ends up winning. What's the reason that you see?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, if it would be that simple to know, I would do the things differently to win the matches. Really, if there is someone who knew that, I will ask for it and try to do it differently.
But, no, really, the match was basically, it's not about better forehand, backhand. It's about choosing the right shot in the right moment. And that's what Stan was doing better today. As I said, it's been about few points. You know, he did it better today.
Q. Obviously you still have two more matches to play. How difficult is it to put yourself up? How optimistic do you still feel for the rest of the week?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, the opponents, especially like on the paper, looks even tougher. You know, it's not going to be easy at all. I mean, there is no easy match from this tournament, definitely not.
You know, I will go just one by one. So whoever it's going to be for the next, I'm just going to try to prepare for that, then go step by step really.
I've been here in couple situations which doesn't look good at all and then I was able to go through the group, playing semis. So really just go one by one.
Q. You had the tough match against him in the Davis Cup, but you ended up winning. Do you think his game has changed since the beginning of the year? Has he gained confidence?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, he improved, definitely. He's working, his coach Magnus Norman is doing a pretty good job with him. The reason is that he can be here, be in the top eight in the world. That's definitely difference.
But really, as you mentioned, that match in Switzerland, I think it was, again, very tough one, very close game. It's been about actually the same scenario like last couple matches. Couple of chances that day I execute them better, and that's why I won. Really, it was not about that we can see a huge difference between that.
No, all our matches are very close.
FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
Tomas Berdych speaks about his loss in the Group A round-robin to Stanislas Wawrinka.