Nadal’s victory over Berdych helps Wawrinka progress to ATP World Tour Finals semi-finals

Spaniard will face either Roger Federer or Argentine Juan Martin del Potro

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory in his men’s singles match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day five of the  ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena London, last night. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory in his men’s singles match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day five of the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena London, last night. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Fri, Nov 8, 2013, 22:39

Rafael Nadal dashed Tomas Berdych’s hopes at the ATP World Tour Finals with a win over the Czech last night that put Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka through into the semi-finals.

The Spaniard had already-qualified for the last four but in beating Berdych 6-4 1-6 6-3 he also sent Wawrinka through as Group A runner-up.

Wawrinka had earlier beaten already-eliminated Spaniard David Ferrer in three sets.

The hard-hitting Berdych pushed world number one Nadal hard throughout the match but faded at the end of the deciding set when he double-faulted twice in the eighth game to drop serve.

Nadal then completed victory after nearly two hours of engrossing action with a screaming forehand winner.

Nadal, who has never won the Tour’s season-ending showpiece, will face either Swiss six-times champion Roger Federer or Argentine Juan Martin del Potro who meet today to decide who finishes runner-up in Group B behind Serb Novak Djokovic.