Rafa Nadal maintained his winning streak – and secured his place in tomorrow’s Semi-Final – against Tomas Berdych in their Round Robin ATP World Tour Finals 2010 match at the O2 Arena, London, this afternoon.
Nadal won 7-6 6-1 after a tight first set was sparked into life following a strange decision at 6-5 got Nadal fired up. The Spaniard was incensed by a point which, following Berdych’s successful challenge, should have been replayed, but was instead awarded to the Czech. Following this point, however, Nadal raised his already high level to take the first set tiebreaker soon after, before demolishing Berdych to just one game to close out the victory.
Nadal’s outburst will make the headlines, but his tennis was just as ruthless – if not more so – once his sense of injustice has been piqued.
Nadal will face Andy Murray in tomorrow’s Semi-Final, while Tomas Berdych is all but mathematically out of the tournament, with the most likely second place qualifier from Group A looking like being Novak Djokovic.
ATP World Tour Finals 2010 – How Things Stand
Below are the standings following the Berdych v Nadal result – at 16:30 GMT on 26 November 2010. The top two players from each Round Robin Group qualify for the Semi-Finals.
- Rafael Nadal ESP (1) (Record 3-0)
- Novak Djokovic SER (3) (Record 1-1)
- Tomas Berdych CZE (6) (Record 1-2)
- Andy Roddick USA (8) (Record 0-2)
- Roger Federer SUI (2) (Record 3-0)
- Andy Murray GBR (5) (Record 2-1)
- Robin Soderling SWE (4) (Record 1-2)
- David Ferrer ESP (7) (Record 0-3)