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.