Berdych Rallies to Win Group A and Complete Unpredictable Final Four

Written By: achangeofends - Nov• 25•11

Today marked the end of round robin play at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The semifinal matches have been set, and I for one am quite happy not to have to work through anymore ATP logic puzzles. Quite unusually, the semifinal stage will feature only one of the world’s top four players. I’d imagine few people would’ve put money on Federer/Ferrer and Berdych/Tsonga semis at the beginning of the week.

While I have suspicions that the scientists at NASA devised the round robin scoring system in place at the World Tour Finals, when it came down to it, things were pretty simple. David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych were the only two players in Group A to win two of their three round robin matches, so those are the two that move on right? Right. In the case that two players are tied for number of matches, the head to head of those two players is the first decider. Since Berdych defeated Ferrer in what could only be a third set meltdown from the Spaniard, Tomas emerged as the victor of Group A and David comes in second.

Things were even easier in Group B. Roger Federer is the only player in the field to have won all three of his round robin matches, so that makes him the clear winner of Group B. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the only member of Group B to win two out of three matches and so becomes the second semifinalist from that group. So, let’s quickly preview our two semifinal match ups.

Roger Federer v. David Ferrer

These two vets have played each other eleven times and, unfortunately for Ferrer, Federer has won all eleven encounters. That’s good news for the former No. 1, who has shown outstanding form in his last three tournaments. Up until today, Ferrer had also showed fine form this week, but his lackluster performance in the third set against Tomas Berdych is worrisome. He cannot afford that kind of mental lapse against Federer, who would quickly seize on the opportunity. Regardless of Ferrer’s level of play, it seems Federer has come to London looking for another trophy and I just don’t think David has the goods to stop him this time around.

Prediction: Federer def. Ferrer, 2 sets

Tomas Berdych v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Perhaps the more interesting match up of the day, these two guys have only met once on the ATP World Tour. Their first meeting occurred just last month in the Beijing semifinals. Tomas Berdych won in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-1. Both guys have had their ups and downs this week, but on the whole Tsonga has had a better season and generally looked stronger over the past few tournaments.

Prediction: Tsonga def. Berdych, 3 sets

For those of you following the doubles, the semifinals are as follows.

Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes v. Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski

Max Myrni/Daniel Nestor v. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan

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