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Nadal Looks To Win Group A, Berdych-Wawrinka Reach For SFs

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Tomas Berdych© Getty ImagesTomas Berdych looks to reach the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals semi-finals.

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(3) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (7) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) - Ferrer leads 7-4

(1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) - Nadal leads 16-3

• The final round robin matches in Group A on Friday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals are led by year-end World No. 1 Rafael Nadal against No. 5 Tomas Berdych in the evening session and No. 3 David Ferrer against No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka in the day session. On Wednesday, Nadal clinched No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 2010 and third time in his career. The Spaniard won his first two matches and has already qualified for the semi-finals. Berdych and Wawrinka, both 1-1 this week, must win their round robin match in order to have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals.

• In the day session, Ferrer takes a 7-4 career mark (2-1 on hard courts) against Wawrinka. This is their third meeting of the season, and each has won a final on clay, Ferrer in Buenos Aires in February, and Wawrinka in Oeiras, Portugal in May. Ferrer is out of semi-final contention after losing his first two matches in straight sets. The 31-year-old Spaniard has reached a career-high nine ATP World Tour finals this year (2-7), including the past three weeks in Stockholm (l. to Dimitrov), Valencia (l. to Youzhny) and Paris (l. to Djokovic). Last year he won a career-high seven titles. He is playing his seventh week in a row (14-8 record). The 28-year-old Wawrinka made his tournament debut on Monday with a three-set win over No. 5 Tomas Berdych and on Wednesday lost in two tie-breaks to Nadal. The Swiss No. 2 has won a career-best 50 matches this season, including a personal-high eight Top 10 wins, third-most on the ATP World Tour. He is trying to become the third Swiss to reach the semi-finals in the season finale. Jakob Hlasek reaches the semis in 1988 and Federer has won a tournament-best six titles. Overall he has reached the semis or better 10 times.

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• In the evening session, Nadal and Berdych square off for the 20th time. Nadal leads the head-to-head 16-3, including 9-3 on hard courts. Nadal has won the past 15 meetings since 2007. The 27-year-old Spaniard finished No. 1 in 2008 and 2010. He comes in with a 73-6 match record on the season, including 10-3 in finals. This is the second time he’s won his first two round robin matches. In 2010, he went to the final undefeated before losing to Federer. Berdych, who reached the semi-finals two years ago, is appearing at The O2 for the fourth year in a row. He has reached three ATP World Tour finals this season and is the only player in the Top 10 without a title. The 28-year-old Czech has compiled consistent results by reaching the quarter-finals or better in 15 of 22 events.

• In the first doubles match of the day in Group B, No. 4 and reigning champions Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez face No. 7 Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic, who won the previous two meetings last year. In the night session, No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil take on No. 6 David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, who qualified for the semi-finals on Wednesday. They have split their previous four meetings.

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