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Wawrinka impresses on World Tour Finals debut

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Stanislas Wawrinka showed no signs of debut nerves as he got the better of Tomas Berdych to kick off his ATP World Tour Finals campaign with a victory.

The Swiss is at a career-high eighth in the world rankings having been to the quarter-finals of the French Open and pushing Novak Djokovic all the way at the Australian Open, as well as losing out to the Serb in the semi-finals of the US Open.

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And he demonstrated the reason why he has qualified for the season-ending event at the O2 for the first time as he edged out Berdych 6-3 6-7(0) 6-3 in two hours and 25 minutes to kick off with a win.

Berdych, playing at the season-finale for the fourth year in a row, wobbled in the sixth game having held his serve comfortably in the opening few games.

With the break to his name, Wawrinka opened up a three-game lead to go 5-2 in front, and unlike Berdych was strong on his serve towards the end of the set, winning 92% of points when making a first serve.

Former Wimbledon finalist Berdych managed to force a decider after not dropping a point in the second set tiebreak, a set which lasted 65 minutes.

In the past, Wawrinka has struggled to stay with opponents due to fatigue, but the Swiss No. 2 put the disappointment of losing the tiebreak behind him to claim a debut win to collect his eighth triumph in 13 meetings against the Czech.

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