|Posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM|
The second round-robin matches in Group A on Wednesday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals feature World No. 1 Rafael Nadal against No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka in the day session and No. 3 David Ferrer against No. 5 Tomas Berdych in the evening. Nadal will finish No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 2010 and third time in his career if he defeats the Swiss No. 2. Both players won their opening round robin match. Ferrer and Berdych both lost their opening round robin match and are trying to stay in contention to qualify for the semi-finals.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs David Ferrer
Preview:In the night session, Ferrer takes a 7-3 career mark against Berdych and the Spaniard is looking for his third straight win. In their last meeting five days ago in the quarter-finals at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, Ferrer rallied to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Berdych’s last win came here two years ago in round-robin play 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Ferrer has reached a career-high nine ATP World Tour finals this year (2-7), including the past three weeks in Stockholm (l. to Dimitrov), Valencia (l. to Youzhny) and Paris (l. to Djokovic). Last year he won a career-high seven titles. Berdych, who reached the semi-finals two years ago, is appearing at The O2 for the fourth year in a row. He has reached three ATP World Tour finals this season and is the only player in the field without a title. The 28-year-old Czech has compiled consistent results by reaching the quarter-finals or better in 15 of 22 events.
Tomas Berdych earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory over David Ferrer in Group A action on Wednesday
Berdych Beats Ferrer In Group A
Tomas Berdych is back in contention for a spot in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after his first Group A match victory on Wednesday night.
Fifth seed Berdych broke a two-match losing streak against third seed David Ferrer with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 83 minutes to improve to a 53-25 match record on the season.
Berdych, 28, who lost to seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-7(0), 6-3 on Monday, must now beat three-time year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 Rafael Nadal on Friday evening to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals for the second time (also 2011).
Looking ahead to Friday’s clash against Nadal, Berdych said, "It's going to be a big one, that's for sure. Now I'm going to fight to go through for the semi-finals.
"I probably cannot have any tougher opponent than I have. But he's already through. He's secure for No. 1. You never know. I know Rafa is a big fighter and he will never give a single point for free. So I'm not expecting any gifts. I'm just looking forward to that."
Berdych peppered groundstrokes close to the tramlines to move Ferrer around the court in several long baseline rallies. Berdych built up the pressure, before striking the hammer blow. In the first set he struck 17 winners, having broken Ferrer’s serve to 15 in the ninth game. Berdych followed in a deep crosscourt forehand and put away an easy volley to break. He confidently held serve to wrap up the 43-minute set.
Ferrer continued to struggle to make inroads on Berdych’s serve in the second set. The Czech was at his aggressive best, but could not convert two break point opportunities in the opening game. Berdych made his move, once again, in the ninth game breaking to 15, when Ferrer mis-timed a forehand wide.
Berdych won 29 of his 30 first service points, hit 30 winners and committed 34 unforced errors. Ferrer, who now has a 60-23 record on the season, hit just six winners and did not create a single break point opportunity.
Ferrer leads Berdych 7-4 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Berdych also won their 2011 round-robin match at The O2 in London in three sets.
"At this kind of level, with these kind of players, it's not easy at all," admitted Berdych. "I'm very glad my game was better. I was playing well. My game plan was working from beginning to the end [and I was] serving really good. [There were] a lot of positive things from today."
ATP Tour Finals 2013: Tomas Berdych beats David Ferrer
Tomas Berdych arrives on court to play against Spain's David Ferrer during their group A singles match in the round robin stage on the third day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 6, 2013.
Tomas Berdych serves in his men's singles match against David Ferrer of Spain during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 6, 2013 in London, England. Berdych won 6-4, 6-4. Berdych won 6-4, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych returns against Spain's David Ferrer during their group A singles match in the round robin stage on the third day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 6, 2013. Berdych won 6-4, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych plays a return to David Ferrer during their ATP World Tour Finals single tennis match at the O2 Arena in London Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Berdych won 6-4, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych reacts after a point against Spain's David Ferrer during their group A singles match in the round robin stage on the third day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 6, 2013. Berdych won 6-4, 6-4.
David Ferrer congratulates Tomas Berdych after their men's singles match during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 6, 2013 in London, England. Berdych won 6-4, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych celebrates beating Spain's David Ferrer during their group A singles match in the round robin stage on the third day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 6, 2013. Berdych won 6-4, 6-4.
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 6, 2013
T. BERDYCH/D. Ferrer
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What was the difference between today, because you played so well, and the loss to David five days ago in Paris?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, the match in Paris was very close, as well, you know. Really, I mean, on this kind of level, with these kind of players, it's not easy at all. So probably we can play in two days and the game is going to look again very different.
I'm very glad my game was better. I was playing well. My game plan was working from beginning to the end, you know, serving really good.
A lot of positive things from today.
Q. The big match on Friday against Rafa.
TOMAS BERDYCH: It's going to be a big one, that's for sure. It's, again, the situation for me that I lost my first, won the second. Now I'm going to fight for going through for the semis.
I mean, I probably cannot have any tougher opponent than I have. But, you know, he's already through. He's secure for No.1. You never know.
But I know Rafa is a big fighter and he will never give a single point for free. So I'm not expecting any gifts. So, yeah, I'm just looking forward to that.
Q. Federer mentioned the other day about the tournament remaining here at the O2, whereas Novak and Rafa want it to move to other cities. What is your opinion?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, honestly, as you said, I heard the opinions that someone wants to move, someone wants to stay.
I am more kind of guy that I really enjoy that you step up on the court and you have nearly 20,000 people there and really have a great tennis atmosphere rather than playing some different cities which, you know, I mean, can be different stage, can be something.
But I don't think there is any other competitor of the cities that can provide such a tennis atmosphere like it's here.
So I think that's the season finale for us, and I think it should be with really one of the best crowds I ever played. Of course, the other hospitality and taking care of us, I think it's really, really on the high level, which probably you can get from the other cities, as well, but the atmosphere and the crowd is one of the best in the world.
FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
Tomas Berdych talks about his win over David Ferrer at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday.
Tomas Berdych signs on the camera
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