• Berdych batters Ferrer to keep semifinals bid alive

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    LONDON: Tomas Berdych remained in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals after cruising to a 6-4, 6-4 win over David Ferrer on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila.

    Berdych had lost his opening Group A match against Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday, but gave himself a shot at making the last four of the season-ending event by sweeping aside world number three Ferrer in one hour and 23 minutes at London’s O2 Arena.

    To have a chance of qualifying, the Czech fifth seed must now defeat world number one Rafael Nadal, who has already booked his spot in the semi-finals, in his final group match on Friday.

    Ferrer looks certain to be eliminated after failing to win a set in either of his first two matches.

    “It was not easy at all, you can see David is a great player,” Berdych said.

    “I’m happy with the way I played today and I’m looking forward to the next one.

    “The serve was working really well today, that was the key. I made a lot of points from my serve so I could feel much better from the back.”

    The Spaniard had held a 7-3 head-to-head advantage over Berdych, with a victory in their last meeting just five days ago in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.

    But Ferrer, a Tour Finals runner-up in 2007, looked fatigued after his run to the final in Paris on Sunday and Berdych easily secured his first win over the 31-year-old since a victory at this tournament in 2011.

    AFP

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