Wawrinka knocks out Murray, Nadal still unbeaten
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Andy Murray can focus fully on next week's Davis Cup assignment in Belgium after Stanislas Wawrinka sent him packing from the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Friday.
The concluding round-robin match at the year-ender had become a straight knockout between the two players after Rafael Nadal had already sealed top spot in Ilie Nastase Group, and Wawrinka looked the sharper as he won 7-6(4) 6-4.
Earlier, Nadal spent two hours and 36 minutes beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4 to make sure he went into Saturday's semi-final against world number one Novak Djokovic with a 100 percent record so far this week.
Wawrinka will face Stan Smith Group winner Roger Federer, who like Nadal was unbeaten in group play.
Murray and Wawrinka were both guilty of numerous careless errors, Murray in a first-set tiebreak that he led 4-2.
His Swiss opponent then wobbled towards the end and nearly let slip a 5-2 lead, having to save two break points when he served for the match for a second time at 5-4.
World number two Murray, who smashed a frame in anger in the final game, said the proximity of next week's Davis Cup final on a claycourt in Ghent had not been a factor in his defeat.
"Way too many errors. Cheap ones, as well. Disappointing," the 28-year-old, who fell at the group stage for the second year running, told reporters. Continued...