Brief encounters as Murray and Nadal post easy wins
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) - Mixing the top eight players in London for the ATP's grand finale should be a recipe for thrilling fare but a large crowd were again left short-changed on Monday with Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka the biggest disappointment.
Wawrinka, who produced arguably the year's standout performance when he beat Novak Djokovic in the French Open final, appeared at times to be going through the motions against Rafa Nadal in the night session at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Rushing through points and spraying 35 unforced errors, world number four Wawrinka, who lost an epic semi-final here last year to Roger Federer, collapsed to a 6-3 6-2 defeat.
In the day's earlier Ilie Nastase Group match, home favourite and world number two Andy Murray was at least made to scrap for his 6-4 6-4 win over dogged Spaniard David Ferrier.
With Djokovic hammering Japan's Kei Nishikori on Sunday and Federer cruising past Tomas Berdych it means 14 of the last 16 group matches at the prestigious and much-hyped season finale, have been won in straight sets.
"I don't know. Was just a really bad day at the office. Many little things that weren't good today," 30-year-old Wawrinka, who is guaranteed $167,000 just for showing up, told reporters when asked about his performance.
"It's a really bad match. Bad behaviour in the second set. Things weren't too great about myself."
"Just disappointed in general. Everything went wrong. Just everything went the wrong way. Simple." Continued...