Wawrinka wins but waits on Nadal to decide his fate
STANISLAS Wawrinka did what he had to do with victory over a weary David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday and now needs a favour from Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals.
The Swiss won 6-7(3) 6-4 6-1 to claim a second victory on his debut appearance at the yearending event – although should Tomas Berdych have beaten already- qualified Nadal last night it will prove to be the last match of Wawrinka’s season.
Round-robin tennis causes plenty of head-scratching but for Berdych the scenario was quite simple, a straight sets win over the world No 1 would have meant he won Group A, a three-sets win and he would qualify as runner-up.
Defeat would have sent him home to concentrate on the Davis Cup final against Serbia in Belgrade.
Neutrals will hope that Wawrinka does survive because his exciting brand of tennis has illuminated the tournament so far.
His chances seemed to be slipping away when he squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set and allowed Ferrer to take it on a tiebreak.
Wawrinka, who is pushing fellow Swiss Roger Federer in the rankings after the most consistent year of his career, aced his way out of trouble early in the second before taking over.
Ferrer, after seven tournaments in seven weeks leading into London, lost his cool in the next game, destroying his racket and scolding himself after dropping serve.
Having won the second set, Wawrinka raced through the third for victory.
“For sure, I’m going to be a big fan of Rafa ( tonight),” Wawrinka said on court. “I did my job all week. I did the best I can so now I’m just going to watch. I’ll be really happy if Rafa wins.” – Reuters