Del Potro, Wawrinka Day One Winners; Federer v Dokovic Tuesday At ATP Finals
by Staff | November 5th, 2013, 12:00 am
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Juan Martin Del Potro and Stanislas Wawrinka both posted three set wins on the opening day of the ATP World Tour Finals.

Wawrinka made the most of his Finals debut with a 6-3, 6-7(0), 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych in the Group A opener.

“My first impression is that it is really, really nice to be here,” said Wawrinka. “I saw the tournament so many times on TV. To play was something different. For sure, it’s special to win my first match here. I feel really proud to be here. It means [that] I’m playing amazing tennis, especially all the year.

“I’m really happy the way I’m playing against [Berdych]. I was nervous on the court, but he was nervous too.”

The win was Wawrinka’s 50th of the season.

Berdych, who is playing in his fourth straight World Tour Finals, has now lost four of his last five matches at the prestigious event.

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Stanislas Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych for the third successive time this year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.

Wawrinka, the third Swiss to have qualified for the season finale after Roger Federer (12 times) and Jakob Hlasek (1988), played with confidence on his first appearance at The O2 in London to beat Berdych 6-3, 6-7(0), 6-3 in the Group A opener.

It was his 50th match win of a career-best season, which includes 1-3 record in ATP World Tour finals.

“My first impression is that it is really, really nice to be here,” said Wawrinka. “I saw the tournament so many times on TV. To play was something different. For sure, it’s special to win my first match here. I feel really proud to be here. It means [that] I’m playing amazing tennis, especially all the year.

“I’m really happy the way I’m playing against [Berdych]. I was nervous on the court, but he was nervous too.”

Wawrinka broke Berdych for a 4-2 lead in the first set. Having led 40/15, when serving for the set, he was forced to save a break point before closing it out.

Berdych could not convert any of his four break point opportunities en route to the second-set tie-break. He struck 14 winners to seal the 65-minute set.

“It was not my best tie-break this year, for sure,” said Wawrinka. “But against that kind of player, [it] can be really fast tie-break. The two first points were really important. He started to relax a little bit, to serve better.

“When I sat down after the set, I was still thinking I was the best player on the court. I had to focus again on my serve and [aim to] start the third set a little bit more aggressively to show him that I was going to try to win the match.”

Wawrinka bounced back immediately and broke serve for a 3-1 lead in the decider.

Aggressive throughout the pair’s 13th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, Wawrinka hit 43 winners and committed 42 unforced errors for victory in two hours and 25 minutes.

Berdych, who is competing for the fourth year in a row, won 46 per cent of his second service points.

“Losing is not a good start,” said Berdych. “But there are still two other matches to go. It was a very close game again. Stan was better in actually like executing the chances. He had four break points, make two. I had five, make zero. I think that’s been really a big difference today.”

In the second match, Group B got underway with a stirring affair as Del Potro hung on to beat a spirited Richard Gasquet 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5.

After catching fire in the second set, the Argentine failed to serve it out at 5-4, but managed to win the last two games in a nervy finish.

“In the beginning of the match, I couldn’t be positive,” said Del Potro. “It was really difficult to be positive and be focused just on the match.”

Del Potro now has Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer ahead.

“I think in my next two matches I will have nothing to lose,” he added. “If I am able to pass the group [stage], today’s match was the key to staying alive. That’s why I felt nervous.

“The next two matches are going to be different, different opponents. I just beat Roger two weeks ago. He beat me last week. We always play good matches. So I will see against him. And Novak is playing really well. He is unbeaten since the US Open.”

On tap on a blockbuster Tuesday, it’s a rematch of the Paris semifinals with Djokovic facing Federer and Rafael Nadal looking for revenge on his hot-handed countryman David Ferrer.

Nadal, who can clinch the top ranking with two wins, has never won the year-end event.

“This is the title I’m missing,” Nadal said. “I wish I could get this title.

“Several times I played at a high level here, but I ran into those who are perhaps the best indoor players in history.

“All these tournaments are a little tougher for me,” he added. “but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying my best in every moment with practice, in every match. I tried at the tournament in Bercy to work hard, to play with the right tactic. I think I did… I am ready to compete well again. I’m going to try.”

TUESDAY ATP FINALS SCHEDULE
SINGLES A / 2:00 PM
NADAL VS FERRER

SINGLES B / 8:00 PM
DJOKOVIC VS FEDERER


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62 Comments for Del Potro, Wawrinka Day One Winners; Federer v Dokovic Tuesday At ATP Finals

Sivaji Says:

vamos rafa


tennisfansince76 Says:

It’s interesting that some people claim that one handed backhand are obsolete. How then can a player like wawrinka ever defeat a player like berdych? Or Murray for that matter.


skeezer Says:

TV76,
Agreed. Never bought into that also. The one hander will always be more versatile. And it does have power no doubt, you just can’t hit it late if you want to smack it.
The only benefit two hands have is compacted power and the contact point doesn’t have to be so far in front. Love how Stan actually pounded to Bird’s BH and then hit the the FH side when it opened up. Great strategy by Stan.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m not sure if beating Berdych is a benchmark to prove SHB works in today’s game. Stan probably has the best SHB in todays game, so it might not be a big liability for him. But look at Roger’s recent record against Berdych.


skeezer Says:

^who said it was a benchmark? And how about Tommy Haas in todays game? You need to study the the stroke mechanics more in todays game..


Steve 27 Says:

“Losing is not a good start,. Lol


nitesh Says:

today’s pick
federer and nadal


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Ok, what did Tommy Haas do this year? Did he beat Nadal or Novak or did he reach any GS finals?


Steve 27 Says:

Did he beat Nadal or Novak
Yes, miami, remember?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I mean in GrandSlam.


Rumble Says:

One handed bakchand is, and should be dead.

High bounce kills the one-hander. With slower surfaces, racquets producing crazy top spins, balls are bouncing much higher now. Its no wonder that hardly any top young player has a one-hander. Dimitrov may be the last one – and he won’t reach the top 5 just because of this reason. Some Nadal type player will exploit that weakness.


hawkeye Says:

SHBH is only obsolete in today’s evolved game if you want to be in the Top 3-4 elite players of the game.

It is a beautiful shot to watch and may still get you into the top 10 for now and the top 30 for the foreseeable future.


gonzalowski Says:

I think Nadal wiil start the match sending the message:
“this is not Paris my friend”, from the very beginning.


metan Says:

Rafa has shown it once again. His fantastic and combination shots is wow. David couldn’t handle it.
Vamos Rafa. Make it short please!!!!


metan Says:

Thanks RAFA.
Vamos! Into the next round!!!!


nitesh Says:

Rafa played the way he normally does against ferer


Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa. Well done Champ!


Sirius Says:

Good revenge for Rafa, looked solid enough. One running forehand pass from the back of the court, quite unreal

djokovic’s nano chance of finishing the year end #1 has ended here


gonzalowski Says:

It’s obvious that Ferrer was exhausted today.
Nadal hasn’t played very well, but it wasn’t necessary to win.

Rafa has only won an ‘indoor’ in his career, Madrid’2005 over Ljubicic, overcoming 2-0 sets.


courbon Says:

… and Ferrer goes back to left pocket…


James Says:

Year End #1


Ben Pronin Says:

The whiner strikes again!


hawkeye Says:

Federer admits he was not sufficiently prepared in New York after back problems which began in Indian Wells in March and “were worse than many thought they were”

Whiner.


Hamza Says:

@Ben

Better to be a whiner than to be someone who can’t stop crying on losing a grandslam final and who gets offended when somebody hits the most daring shot at match point down. Just sayin’.

Vamos Rafa.


Giles Says:

^^^ and again, and again, and again!!!
Vamos Rafa!


gonzalowski Says:

Ben,
Lol, let’s see what is doing tonight your ‘weak era Goat’…


Giles Says:

If the “weak era goat” wins tonite, will be good for Rafa!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It’s one of the worst matches I have seen between top players. I have not see Ferrer play as bad as he did today. Nothing to take away from Nadal, but Nadal himself would have preferred a better match practice for him.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Can’t see Roger winning this one against Novak. As good as Roger played against Novak in bercy, it always looked like match was on Novak’s racquet. Unless Roger has one of his best serving days, it could be a pretty easy match for Novak.


madmax Says:

hawkeye Says:
Federer admits he was not sufficiently prepared in New York after back problems which began in Indian Wells in March and “were worse than many thought they were”

Whiner.

November 5th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

come on hawkeye? How many times do we have to endure Needal’s complaints about his knees? It’s become monotonus crap. It really has.


Ben Pronin Says:

LOL Rafa fans. You guys get me every time with your quick wit and whatnot.


youyong Says:

Well done Rafa but in honesty I think the match was largely due to a sub-par performance by Ferrer today. Nonetheless a win is a win and one more to go!


hawkeye Says:

Trivia: Identify the following quote:
“But we’ll just let Roger take a break just for a moment. We wiil hear from him. We’ll just let him… settle down.”

It’s KILLING me.

Whiner.

Respect is a two way street, Ben. Two way street.


hawkeye Says:

Rafa in the Spanish TV says that his plan was to play more aggressive, but after the 1st few games he noticed that David wasn’t feeling comfortable and he decided to change his tactics: minimize his errors & wait for David’s errors. If the match had been more demanding, he was willing to play more aggressive, but he didn’t want to turn this match into a ping-pong match with low balls as in Paris.

P-minus 110 to YE No. 1

Vamos GOAT!


ania Says:

why so much doubles on TV ?
I love it ,but would like to be informed when matches are scheduled on Tennis Channel ( intermittently) AJR


Steve 27 Says:

the spy and madness from some guys are ridiculous and imagine them in their work and with their family. Like Maradona said: LTA.


Daniel Says:

The FedxDjoko matches are proving to be the best display of tennis. 1-1 and they already hit amazing shots.


Giles Says:

And the joker takes the first set!


gonzalowski Says:

Can a Goat miss some much Bp as Fed usually does??


gonzalowski Says:

as much sorry


van orten Says:

vintage fed that last game. what a backhand to clinch bp. and he takes the game. 3:2


skeezer Says:

Is it me or doesn’t it seem the WTF is significantly slower this year?

Cracker match going on. Allez Fed!


courbon Says:

I fell sorry for Novak. He is playing the best he can but match, as we find out earlier, is on Federer’s racquet. Only him decides if he wants to win or lose…nothing to do with Novak.


courbon Says:

@ skeezer: It’s not you.it is slower this year-hence WTA style of breaks through the match


madmax Says:

All the best now Roger. Keep ‘em coming.


courbon Says:

…and Novak breaks back!


van orten Says:

even as a djoker fan you have to admit that fed deserved to win that set. it is simply not fair sometimes. whyyyyy he had set point againnnnnn whyyyyyyy is it not possible to buryyyyy the djoker for once.why does he have to this over and over again with fed and not rafa ???


van orten Says:

of course it is on feds racquet being set point up on his serve..he just doesnt finish the job as they finish the job with him over and over again.


courbon Says:

With this service Novak will not get to the semis, let alone win damn thing!
Wake up, Nole!!!!!!


courbon Says:

@ van orten: Absolutely-I think Fed is playing better.I was referring to his statement where he came as arrogant and disrespectful to all other players on tour. But, we all say stupid things sometimes and he is not different…


squirrel Says:

Yayyyyy Federer won the second set!now I don’t care if he loses,what’s important is that he’s got a set,that could the decider for him to move on to semis.I’m happy!


madmax Says:

Let’s all remember that as professional athletes, they have to be selfish, believe in themselves and have that winning mentality. If that is arrogant or disrespectful to their opponents, in any sport, then so be it, and don’t become a professional athlete. It’s all part of the sports psychology in believing in their own talent.

Good on ‘em I say.


courbon Says:

@ madmax: I agree.I just do not want to hear complain when Novak says next time something along those lines…


courbon Says:

This is ridiculously tense….


van orten Says:

as long as feds playing like this drama and stuff included ge can play till he is forty..djoker is simply in his prime and he is the best on these x
courts now.fed was it till 2011 he won stil pretty much then..nole would have the best year if he had won in ny . I respect him a lot. rafa is rafa but djoker is djoker


madmax Says:

van orten Says:
as long as feds playing like this drama and stuff included ge can play till he is forty..djoker is simply in his prime and he is the best on these x
courts now.fed was it till 2011 he won stil pretty much then..nole would have the best year if he had won in ny . I respect him a lot. rafa is rafa but djoker is djoker

November 5th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

van orten.

Can’t argue with you on this one. Just proud of federer. Really am. Let’s see if the younger ones can still play like him at 32. I very much doubt it.

Good luck to Novak, but if Fed puts up the fight – then awesome.

Saw him play a couple of times at the O2, where he won in the final, and the sad thing in a way was that it was only 2012 and in (I think 2011?, or was it 2010), how things can change dramatically in such a short space of time, but it is to be expected van orten, and I am kind of at peace with that, strangely. All the talking has been done about Federer. He is still awesome and even more awesome to watch live.


courbon Says:

@ van orten and madmax: It was good match, wasn’it?I’m sure you are disappointed but just 2 months ago you would not expect Roger to play like in last 3 weeks.He is 6 years older then Novak and it still give him a big trouble!Respect to him ( just to watch his words in interviews would be nice )and I hope he gets to semis.
Good night!


andrea Says:

haven’t had the chance to watch the fed/novak match but sounds like another entertaining 3 setter. at least fed isn’t getting blown away in straights. that’s gotta be encouraging for him. novak absolutely the player to beat at the moment.


van orten Says:

its gonna be a nail biter vs delpo.delpo is hurt because his rosario blessed by franciscus was robbed. but that makes him only tougher to beat. and fed well expect him to have some breakchances along the way. it was funny listening after a long time via stream those argentians suffer with fed tonight and they love djoker too ..I am kinda looking forward to watch the breaker tomorrow cuz the I cafe closed at 5:5..I missed some good one didnt I ? ;)


hawkeye Says:

No one will play like Federer at 32 or any age. They are not Federer.

That said, Ferrer and Haas are playing their best tennis of their careers north of 30. As did Andre.

The question is, can they be as “productive” as Fed and that to me is certainly within reach.

However, Rafa will likely retire before then. Nole is a different matter.


skeezer Says:

@courban,

Congrats to your man, he played like a Champion! The surface seems to bode him well, giving him time to get to lots of balls ;)

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