Wawrinka plays his part, now he's sweating on Nadal

Fri Nov 8, 2013 12:28pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Stanislas Wawrinka did what he had to do with victory over a weary David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday and now needs a favor from Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals.

The Swiss won 6-7(3) 6-4 6-1 to claim a second victory on his debut appearance at the year-ending event although should Tomas Berdych beat already-qualified Nadal later on Friday it will prove to be the last match of Wawrinka's season.

Round-robin tennis causes plenty of head scratching but for Berdych the scenario is quite simple, a straight sets win over the world No.1 means he wins Group A, a three-sets win and he qualifies as runner-up.

Defeat would send him home to concentrate on the Davis Cup final against Serbia in Belgrade.

Neutrals will hope that Wawrinka does survive because his exciting brand of tennis has illuminated the tournament so far.

His chances seemed to be slipping away on Friday when he squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set and allowed Ferrer to take it on a tiebreak.

Wawrinka, who is pushing fellow Swiss Roger Federer in the rankings after the most consistent year of his career, aced his way out of trouble early in the second before taking over.

Ferrer, laboring after seven tournaments in seven weeks leading into London, lost his cool in the next game, destroying his racket and scolding himself after dropping serve.   Continued...

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett