London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka
was an easy round-robin winner Monday at the season-ending ATP World Tour
Finals in London.
The third-seeded Swiss slugger mauled sixth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up
Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 58 minutes at The O2 Arena. Wawrinka (1-0)
broke his Czech counterpart five times while holding his quality serve
throughout on Day 2.
Berdych is 0-1 in the four-player Group A, which also features world No. 1
star Novak Djokovic and eighth-seeded U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic. The
Wimbledon titlist Djokovic will meet Cilic in Monday’s other round-robin
The three-time champion Djokovic is the reigning two-time Tour Finals champ,
having beaten Rafael Nadal in last year’s finale in London.
This week’s other four-player group, or Group B, features second-seeded Roger
Federer (1-0), fourth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (1-0), fifth-
seeded home favorite Andy Murray (0-1) and seventh-seeded Milos Raonic (0-1).
Federer, who is making a record 13th consecutive appearance at the Tour
finals and has an outside chance of capturing the year-end top ranking,
holds the record for the most titles at this tournament with six.
Round-robin action will be staged through Friday, followed by the semifinals
on Saturday and lucrative final on Sunday.