London: Berdych d. Ferrer
The week of rest between Bercy and the World Tour Finals, which will be added in 2014, came a year too late for David Ferrer. Three days after the Spaniard reached the final in Paris, he lost his second straight uncompetitive two-set match in London. Worse, both of those losses came to players he had beaten the previous week. On Monday Ferrer was bounced by Rafael Nadal; today it was Tomas Berdych’s turn to do the honors. The Czech won in straightforward 6-4, 6-4 style, and he probably ended the 0-2 Ferrer's season in the process. Not that he'll likely mind all that much. After seven straight weeks of tennis, Daveeed looks exhausted.
He certainly had no answers for Berdych, who put on an uncharacteristically efficient and nerveless performance. He won 29 of 30 points on his first serve, hit 30 winners to Ferrer’s six, broke serve at just the right moment in each set—4-4—and had no trouble closing it out either time. Berdych controlled the rallies without going for broke, kept the ball out of the center of the court much more effectively than he had against Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday, and pulled the trigger at the right time. He was 10 of 12 at the net and hit nine aces in a match that lasted just one hour and 23 minutes. His only flaw today was his percentage on break points. Berdych was two for nine, and he knocked on the door for the better part of the first set before busting it down.
Ferrer’s season may be over, but Berdych’s is suddenly looking a little brighter. He’ll face Rafael Nadal on Friday. With Rafa already in the semis, Berdych, who has a chance to join him, will have more to play for. You might say the fact that he’s lost 15 straight to Nadal doesn’t bode well. Or you might say that the Berdman is very, very due.