Seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka recorded a come from behind win against David Ferrer in Group A to keep hoping for a semi-final spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. His participation in the knockout stage in London depends on Rafael Nadal defeating Tomas Berdych later today.
The third round match started with a rollercoaster opener full of momentum changes. Stan did almost everything right up to 5-3 when he served to wrap up the set, yet he spoiled his previous efforts by showing too much nerves and letting the persistent Spaniard pull the break back. The longest game of the clash followed in which the Swiss number two fought off four break points before surrendering the second serve in a row. However, there was yet another twist in the plot with Wawrinka forcing the thirteenth game by breaking to love. Third seed Ferrer had an upper hand in the tiebreaker as Stan’s unforced errors count rose to 30 by the end of the opening set which ultimately went the Spaniard’s way.
The 28-year-old Swiss nearly lost his third consecutive service game early in the set number two, but rescued a pair of break points before holding the serve after executing a trademark backhand winner. Having come through a big test, Wawrinka got a firmer foothold in the encounter and clinched a crucial break in the subsequent game. This time he did not allow the pressure get to him as he prepared his first set point with a service winner and leveled the terms after Ferrer’s forehand flew wide of the court.
Stan upped his game even more in the decider which he opened with another break of serve. His first serve worked like a charm in the final set and he was holding with ease, whilst he practically put the match beyond Ferrer’s reach by acquiring a double break cushion to make it 4-1. Some glimpses of hope emerged for the Spaniard when he went 0-30* up in the following game, yet Wawrinka had an answer for everything in those moments. He eventually struck a couple of service winners to move 5-1 ahead and wasted no time to complete his outstanding comeback with the third break of the set. The Swiss took a vital 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 victory after two hours and twenty-two minutes of play and will now count on Nadal to overcome Tomas Berdych in the evening match.
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