ATP Tour Finals: David Ferrer v Tomas Berdych as it happened

Tomas Berdych beats David Ferrer in straight sets at the World Tour Finals in London.

6 November 2013 Last updated at 21:57

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  1. 2155: 

    Here's Piers Newbery's match report and with that I bid you farewell. Thanks, as always, for your company. We'll be back tomorrow with more live text commentary from 1355 GMT. Until next time, it's good night from me.

  2. 2151: 

    Tomorrow will see six-time champion Roger Federer in action against Richard Gasquet in the afternoon session (1400 GMT) ahead a tasty encounter between defending champion Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro (2000 GMT).

  3. 2146: 

    Rafael Nadal tops Group A, with Stanislas Wawrinka second ahead of Tomas Berdych, courtesy of his head-to-head record against the Czech. David Ferrer is bottom, though he can still mathematically qualify for the semi-finals.

  4.   
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "Ferrer's body always looks like it's willing, but it looks as if his mind needs to think about something else for a while.

    "Three finals in his last three tournaments has caught up with him, but all credit to Berdych for taking his opportunity and keeping his qualification hopes alive."

  5. 2140: 
    Tomas Berdych

    Tomas Berdych: "It was not easy at all, you can see David is a great player. We had a great battle in Paris last week. I felt much better. 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."

    On playing Rafael Nadal in his final group match: "The matches with him are always like a final. Every time you go on court with him it is amazing and I'll try to do my best."

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    GAME, SET AND MATCH- *Ferrer 4-6 4-6 Berdych

    A booming 137mph serve brings up three match points for Berdych. The Czech sends a forehand long with the first, but a zipping serve out wide seals the game and the match. It looks like this was just a match too far for Ferrer.

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    BERDYCH BREAKS - Ferrer 4-6 4-5 Berdych*

    After three very comfortable service games, Ferrer suddenly finds himself in all sorts of bother. Berdych plays the first three points to perfection to bring up a trio of break points. The first goes wanting but the second is his as Ferrer goes for a big forehand down the line and misses by a long way. Berdych will serve for the set and the match.

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    *Ferrer 4-6 4-4 Berdych

    Berdych, whose first serve is very rarely below the 120mph mark, eases through another service game. The Czech seals this one with his seventh ace of the match.

  9.  
    Ferrer 4-6 4-3 Berdych*

    It's another love service game for Ferrer, the Spaniard winning 11 of the last 12 points on his serve. He even jogs back to his chair, almost to say to Berdych that he's got plenty left in the tank.

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    *Ferrer 4-6 3-3 Berdych

    We're rattling through these service games at the moment, with Ferrer still struggling to make any real in-roads on the Berdych serve. The Czech comfortably holds and we're back level in the set.

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    Andrew Priestley: Write David Ferrer off at your peril. The man is a street fighter. Expect him to fight back an win in 3 sets.

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    Ferrer 4-6 3-2 Berdych*

    It's another comfortable service game for Ferrer, this time the Spaniard wins it to love as his opponent's defences break down.

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    *Ferrer 4-6 2-2 Berdych
    Tomas Berdych

    When Berdych has got his first serve in, he's only lost one point. Helpfully for the Czech, he's nailing quite a lot of them and another ace seals the game.

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    Ferrer 4-6 2-1 Berdych*

    Ferrer enjoys arguably his most convincing service game of the night so far, losing just one point.

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    *Ferrer 4-6 1-1 Berdych

    Berdych is being made to work hard in his opening service game, largely because he keeps missing regulation forehands. The good news for the Czech, though, is more are going in than out at the moment and he holds serve to level the set.

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    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "Tomas Berdych may unwind after this match by watching an episode of Fawlty Towers - after initial reservations, he's become a big fan.

    "And David Ferrer may be the one thrashing his broken down car in frustration with a branch - although saving those break points in the opening game of the second set may help him summon up some energy from somewhere."

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    Ferrer 4-6 1-0 Berdych*

    Ferrer gives Berdych yet another short ball and the Czech unsurprisingly punishes it to bring up deuce. Ferrer bends over to catch his breath. He looks exhausted but having played so much this year that's not really surprising. Even so, the Spaniard summons something from deep within and fends off a break point on his way to holding serve.

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    Stephanie Siu: I know Ferrer is the ridiculously hard working Iron Man but I just prefer the way Berdych plays. His tweets are also hilarious.

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    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Ferrer 4-6 Berdych

    It's another textbook service game from Berdych as he wins it to 15 and in doing so seals the first set.

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    BERDYCH BREAKS - Ferrer 4-5 Berdych*

    Berdych is doing a great job of building up the points gradually and picking his shots to attack wisely. Ferrer is scuttling back and forth across the court as he battles to keep himself in the game, but eventually his resolve is broken and Berdych's ambition is rewarded with two break points. The first slips through the net but Ferrer isn't so lucky on the second, as Berdych follows in a deep cross-court inside-out forehand and puts away an easy volley to secure the break.

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    *Ferrer 4-4 Berdych

    Berdych looked to be cruising again on his serve at 40-15, but a ninth error off his forehand sees Ferrer pull the game back to deuce. The danger is soon averted as Berdych rattles off the next two points to hold.

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    Ferrer 4-3 Berdych*

    Of the two, it's Ferrer who is really having to work to hold serve. Berdych nails a stunning two-handed backhand to bring up 30-30 and another deep, heavy forehand brings up break point. Ferrer saves it and then fends off another three before sending an ace - his first of the match - down the 'T' to rescue the game. Huge missed opportunity for Berdych in that game.

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    *Ferrer 3-3 Berdych

    A third ace of the match for Berdych seals a love service game and we're back level.

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    Ferrer 3-2 Berdych*
    David Ferrer

    Berdych is really struggling to keep his forehand under control. When it behaves, Ferrer rarely has a chance to get it back, but more often than not, it breaks down and the ball goes sailing out of court. Ferrer holds to 15 to edge back ahead.

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the 02 in London

    "Ferrer has had his best ever year, and he's done it the hard way. The Spaniard is playing his 83rd match of the season, more than any other player on the ATP Tour and seven more than Berdych. If tennis has been played in the last few months, it's a fair bet David was involved.

    "I don't know if any other top-10 player played seven weeks in a row," he said after losing to Nadal on Tuesday. "It's not an excuse. I am tired, but Rafael is also tired, and Djokovic. We are here because we played a lot of matches. And, of course, we are tired."

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    *Ferrer 2-2 Berdych

    Berdych's serve is really motoring and he cruises through another game for the loss of just one point as Ferrer struggles to make many returns.

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    Ferrer 2-1 Berdych*

    Contrasting tactics early on, with Berdych going for the corners when he gets a chance - and frequently missing - while Ferrer is a bit more controlled and seems content to grind out points. The Spaniard throws in a double fault to bring up the first deuce of the match but then wins the next two points to close out the game.

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    *Ferrer 1-1 Berdych

    Berdych, who has reached the quarter-finals or better in 15 of his 22 tournaments this year, has an equally confident opening service game, courtesy of a couple of Ferrer errors, to level things up.

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    Ferrer 1-0 Berdych*

    It's a perfect start for Ferrer, dressed in a lime green top, with the Spaniard racing through his opening service game to love.

  30. 2012: 

    Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray is not at London's O2 Arena this week, as he continues his rehabilitation following back surgery.

    The good news, though, is that we still have eight of the world's top 10 in action this week, with Group B looking particularly tasty...

    Group A: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Group B: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Richard Gasquet.

  31. 2010: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So will it be Ferrer or Berdych who gets his first win on the board tonight? And will either of them be challenging at the sharp end of the tournament? Tweet us with your tennis chat using the #bbctennis hashtag or fire over a text on 81111. You can also comment on our Facebook page and check out behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram.

  32. 2008: 
    Tomas Berdych

    Berdych (pictured) loses the toss and Ferrer chooses to serve. Let the warm-up commence...

  33. 2005: 

    Ferrer holds a 7-3 head-to-head advantage over Berdych. Their last meeting came five days ago in the quarter-finals at the Paris Masters, where the Spaniard rallied to win 4-6 7-5 6-3.

    Berdych's last win over Ferrer was at this tournament in 2011, when the Czech won in three sets. Come to think of it, the last four matches between the pair have gone to three sets. We could be in for a long evening...

  34. 2000: 

    The crowd have already been treated to some tennis action tonight. Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares beat fourth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6 6-4 10-5.

  35. 1958: 

    Evening all! Welcome to live text commentary of the evening session on day three of the ATP Tour Finals in London.

    Rafael Nadal sealed the year-end number one slot and his passage through to the semi-finals with a hard-fought straight-sets victory over Stanislas Wawrinka this morning.

    Next it'll be the turn of David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych, who are expected out on court shortly...

  36. 1955: 
    David Ferrer

    David Ferrer had no answer to the brilliance of Rafael Nadal on Tuesday. The Spaniard was swept aside by his countryman for the loss of just give games. Can the 31-year-old, who is on-course for a year-end best of number three in the world, make a better job of it against Tomas Berdych tonight? The packed crowd at the O2 Arena in London will certainly hope so.

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