David Ferrer (Player Profile) had a disappointing start to his run at the ATP World Tour Finals with a loss to good friend Rafael Nadal in the opening group match. The Spaniard is back on Wednesday evening against Tomas Berdych (Player Profile), whom he defeated less than five days ago in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Check out the Ferrer v Berdych Head to Head.
Following his stunning victory over Rafael Nadal in semi-finals in Paris, Ferrer failed to carry forth that momentum, as he would lose in the finals to Novak Djokovic and would arrive in London and follow up with a loss to his fellow countryman in the rematch. The contest was fraught with errors on Ferrer’s part and he did not seem to be able to keep the ball in play and allowed Nadal an early lead in both sets for a 6-3, 6-2 loss in 74 minutes. He was simply unable to impose his game on Rafa and would concede six break points throughout the two sets. The slower surface in London certainly did not help his cause as the conditions were perfect for Nadal and his tactics.
The Spaniard has an opportunity to redeem himself less than 24 hours later as he meets Czech no. 1 Tomas Berdych, who he also encountered in Paris prior to facing Nadal.
The World No. 6 Berdych is the only competitor in the Tour Finals without an ATP title in 2013. His season has been far from his best and he has not been able to pick up much momentum heading into the year-end championships. He lost his opening match in London to Stanislas Wawrinka, where he committed far too many unforced errors as well as double faults, which allowed Wawrinka to take advantage with three breaks of serve. He will need to focus on strengthening his service games, particularly against Ferrer, who will fancy his chances to beat him once more.
It is important to note that the last time that Berdych defeated Ferrer on the ATP tour was London for the 2011 World Tour Finals. The Czech generally feels comfortable on this surface and could take comfort in the thought that Ferrer is fatigued at this stage of the season. Considering he also will also have the benefit of a days rest prior to facing the Spaniard, it is quite possible that he will upset the World no. 3 and end his run in London.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in three sets