David Ferrer has been beaten by Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in a match of the ATP World Tour Finals. Wawrinka won the match in three sets by 6-7(3-7), 6-4, 6-1.
It was the 12th match between these two players and Wawrinka defeated Ferrer for the 5th time.
It was a very important match for Wawrinka. If he had lost, he would have been knocked out of the tournament, but, now, with this win, he has kept himself alive and if Rafael Nadal manages to get better of Tomas Berdych in his next match, Wawrinka will make it to the final 4.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Wawrinka said, “I did what I had to do. I won and now, it’s all up to Rafa. He is a great player and I hope he wins his next match.”
On the other hand, Ferrer was gutted to end up on the losing side even after getting up by a set. The Spaniard said, “I think I played too many matches off late. I didn’t realize that coming into this tournament, but, now, I have realized that. Participating in 7 competitions in space of 50 days is just too much.”
In the opening set, Wawrinka started well and was ahead by 5-2 at one point of time, but, Ferrer made a tremendous come back and won 4 games on the trot to make the score 6-5 in his favour. He was serving for the set in the 12th game, but, he failed to serve it out and the set went into the tie breaker.
In the tie breaker, Ferrer kept his nerves and ended up winning it easily to grab the first set.
But, from there onwards, Wawrinka began dominating. The Swiss number 2 broke Ferrer’s serve four times in the next two sets and won both the sets by profound margins to finish off the match.
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David Ferrer will take on Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the 4th round of the ongoing US Open. The winner of this match will make his way into the quarter final round of the tournament.
Ferrer hadn’t come into the US Open with the best of forms. He had looked in awful nick in the last couple of tournaments, but, here at Flushing Meadows, he got an easy draw and that helped him in getting his rhythm back to some extent. He hasn’t hit top form yet, but, he is certainly looking better than what he was looking a couple of weeks back.
The Spanish no. 2 had started his campaign against the Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios whom he thrashed without having too many problems. In the second round, he was up against his countryman Roberto Bautista Agut and he was supposed to dominate in that match too, but, he struggled just a little bit before eventually sealing the match in 4 sets.
In the 3rd round, Ferrer’s opponent was Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan and he dropped a set in that match too. So, he is still not at the peak of his game.
On the other hand, Tipsarevic who is a fantastic hard court player also has had tough times this season. He has dropped down 12 positions in the world rankings since the start of the season.
The Serbian player has done alright in this tournament, but, still to match Ferrer, he will have to raise his game significantly.
It’s the 6th time that these two players are going to face each other. Out of the previous 5 matches, Ferrer has come victorious on 4 occasions.
So, if we take history into account, Ferrer seems to be the favourite, but, Tipsarevic is well capable of surprising any player on the tour.