(November 4, 2013) LONDON – The first win of the ATP World Tour Finals singles went to new-comer Stanislas Wawrinka, as he extended his winning record over Tomas Berdych. The Swiss No. 2 notched up a 50th match win in what has been the best year in his career.
Wawrinka certainly was not showing any nerves as he held his first two games to love and was justly rewarded for his persistence when he broke Berdych to take a lead in the first set 4-2.
Berdych managed to grab another game, and there was some hope as he finally got to deuce on the Swiss serve. Perhaps here the nerves took hold as Wawrinka finally wrapped up the first set on his fifth set point in a little under 40 minutes.
The Czech played a much more competitive second set, as the pair played themselves up to a tie-break which Berdych totally dominated and for a time it looked as though Wawrinka’s resolve had left him.
At the start of the third set, the momentum swung back to the Swiss as he won 6-3 6-7(0) 6-3 in just under two and a half hours.
After the match he said: “For sure I was nervous on the court, but he was nervous too. I have to focus on my game plan, on what I want to do, how I’m going to do it.
For Berdych, it is an uphill struggle in a group that also contains Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, who play in the day session on Tuesday.
“There is no easy match from this tournament. I will go just one by one.”
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