Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych claimed his first victory at this year’s edition of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after seeing off David Ferrer in their second round meeting. The third seed Spaniard is yet to win a set in London.
The 28-year-old Czech served amazingly throughout the match in which he surrendered only eleven points on his serve and never faced a break point. He was incredibly effective after his first serve as he won twenty-nine out of thirty subsequent rallies (97%), including scoring 10 aces. Ferrer was first troubled in the seventh game of the opening set when Berdych came back from 30-0* to eventually produce three break points, yet he could not convert on any of them. He kept applying pressure on the Spaniard, though, and another pair of break points would soon follow as well as the initial break of the clash. Serving for the set, the Czech gave his opponent no chances to peg back and he wrapped it up in first attempt.
The set number two has turned out to be a carbon-copy of the opener as Berdych maintained high level of serving, whilst Ferrer needed to rescue a couple of break points right at the beginning. He too then settled into the set, yet stumbled again in the ninth game where he fell 0-40 behind and could not climb out of the hole. The Czech now served to close out the encounter and showed no mercy – while Ferrer rescued the first match point, he was helpless to stop the second one as Berdych blasted a forceful service winner to sum up his convincing display and grab a deserved 6-4, 6-4 win after one hour and twenty-four minutes of play at the O2 Arena.
He climbed to the second spot of the Group A table by overtaking Wawrinka – both of them have recorded one victory so far with the Czech winning more sets than the Swiss.