(November 5, 2013) LONDON – David Ferrer perhaps showed signs of his full-on workload, as he was unable to back up his victory over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in Bercy with the same performance at the World Tour Finals on Tuesday.
In the day schedule round-robin match, the deposed Paris Masters champion surrendered an immediate break, although managed to break straight back, but never seemed like he could stay in contention.
As errors racked up for Ferrer, Nadal took advantage of a couple of sloppy games from his fellow countryman and broke again in the first set to take it on a little over half an hour.
The second set was even more torture as Nadal dominated completely and what little flashes of attack from Ferrer seemed very few and far between, until he finally got a game on the board to avoid the dreaded bagel.
Suddenly a little of the fire we saw in Paris returned to Ferrer, as he caught Nadal by surprise to break back late in the second set, but it was perhaps too little to late.
Nadal later surmised that perhaps Ferrer has less time to adapt than he had for his first match:
“Probably he arrived a little bit more tired after playing the final [in Paris].”
Ferrer had to acknowledge that his schedule may have been a factor for his performance on Tuesday afternoon:
“[To beat Nadal] I need to be more focus[ed], more strong mentally. And today I was not good in my fitness, my mentality, my shots.”
There is scant chance for rest for Ferrer – he faces Tomas Berdych in Wednesday’s night match, while Nadal ends the day session against Stanislas Wawrinka.
Nadal stands one win away from securing the year-end No. 1 ranking for 2013.
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