Wawrinka wins but waits on Nadal to de­cide his fate

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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

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