(November 8, 2013) LONDON – Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka fought off a spirited battle from David Ferrer in their final round robin encounter to cling on to a hope of qualifying for the World Tour Finals semi-finals.
Many thought that it would be a round-robin too far from the Spaniard who has played an astonishing final schedule in the closing stages of the year, but the afternoon crowd were treated to a competitive first set which saw Ferrer surge ahead in the tie-break to put the Swiss on the back foot.
Even though Wawrinka managed to edge ahead in the second set, the passion from the Spaniard was evident as he killed a racquet stone-dead in sheer frustration while Wawrinka gave himself an all-important shot at a semi-final qualification as he leveled the match.
The initiative stayed with Wawrinka as Ferrer’s season came to a close, but with two round-robin wins, Wawrinka is dependent on the outcome of the match between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych and all hinges on a Nadal win.
Wawrinka knew he had to capitalise on Ferrer’s tiredness, as he explained after the match:
“For me, the most important was to fight with myself to keep the ball in, to try to stay with him, to show him that I’m gonna play some long rally, that I’m going to try to be aggressive, but not rushing too much. That’s what I did better at the end. That [made] a big difference today.”
Ferrer acknowledged that his schedule this year had been tough:
“I played seven tournaments [in] seven weeks. But after last year I want to play in Stockholm because I didn’t play too many matches. Well I did final in Stockholm, final Valencia, final Paris and three matches here. Is too much.”
For Ferrer his season is now over, but Wawrinka will be cheering on Nadal as he will progress through to the semi-final on that result.
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