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ATP World Tour Finals 2013 Results: Day 1 Scores, Highlights and Recap

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland plays a backhand in his men's singles match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day one of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 4, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2016

The 2013 ATP World Tour Finals are officially underway at the O2 Arena in London, where the top eight players in men's tennis are looking to close out the season with a year-end championship. 

There are two pivotal singles matches on the schedule for Day 1. The first saw Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka defeat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the Group A opener, per Sky Sports News, while Monday's second match, Juan Martin del Potro vs. Richard Gasquet, will kick off action in Group B.

Although tennis fans will have to wait another day to see Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in action, Day 1 has proven quite exciting already.    

Let's get you up to speed on the latest results from London.


Day 1 Scores
Group A - (7) Stanislas Wawrinka def. (5) Tomas Berdych6-3, 6-7 (0-7), 6-3
Group B - (4) Juan Martin del Potro vs. (8) Richard Gasquet6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5
Group A - (8) Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski def. (5) Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
Group B - (6) David Marrero/Fernando Verdasco def. (4) Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez6-1, 6-4


Stanislas Wawrinka Topples Tomas Berdych in 3 Sets

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates a point in his men's singles match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day one of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 4, 2013 in London, Eng
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Wawrinka opened up singles play in London with a hard-fought victory over Berdych. The Swiss star recorded 43 winners for the match and saved five break points to propel himself to the top of Group A.

Wawrinka came out firing in the opening set, playing with confidence and showing very little fear. This shot chart comparison from TennisTV on Twitter shows just how much more aggressive the No. 7 seed was in the early goings:

Berdych certainly wasn't aided by his serve, though, as tennis writer Erik Gudris pointed out at the conclusion of the first set:

Though he made a few more unforced errors, Wawrinka was rewarded for his bold style in the first set. He would record a dozen winners through the first nine games to just three for Berdych. 

The Czech star would rebound in the second set, though, as both players held serve through 12 games, setting the stage for a dramatic tiebreak. Determined to force a deciding set, a focused Berdych blasted Wawrinka off the court in the extra session, winning seven straight points to take the set. 

Berdych's dominant stretch was highlighted by a 137-mph ace.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic serves in his men's singles match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during day one of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 4, 2013 in London, England.  (Phot
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But Berdych's momentum didn't carry over into the third set. Wawrinka held serve in the opening game and earned the decisive break three games later to go up 3-1 in the set. He would hold serve the rest of the way to close out the final set 6-3.

With the victory, Wawrinka rises to the top of Group A while Berdych will have very little room for error in his next two matches. He'll definitely have to figure out a way to improve in the big moments, particularly on break points, where he went 0-of-5 on Day 1.


Juan Martin Del Potro Kicks off Group B with Win over Richard Gasquet

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates winning match point in his men's singles match against Richard Gasquet of France during day one of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 4, 2013 in London,
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Juan Martin Del Potro recovered well to defeat Richard Gasquet in three sets. The fourth-seeded Argentine prevailed 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5, via Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline.

Gasquet started the match strongly. In particular, his backhand was giving Del Potro fits. Tennis TV has a great breakdown of where the Frenchman was placing his shots, and it was particularly surprising to see where all the winners were.

Although he wasn't getting a ton of winners with that backhand, it was serving to run Delpo all over the court and keep him on the defensive. That would help to set up Gasquet with forehand winners, or force Del Potro into errors.

The London crowd was buzzing after that first set. The BBC's Piers Newbery reported that Gasquet was receiving a great ovation from the French contingent in attendance.

Perhaps the turning point of the match was in the fourth service game of the second set. Del Potro got himself into a 0-40 hole on Gasquet's serve. Only the Argentine star kept fighting and eventually clawed his way back to snatch the game and go up 3-1 in the set. From there, everybody held serve, giving Del Potro the 6-3 set victory.

The third set was more of the same. Both guys were going back and forth, dominating on serve.

Del Potro finally got the break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. He and Gasquet split the next two games to put the fourth seed just one game away from a victory.

Only he lost serve to even the set at 5-5. Delpo lost the first three points of the set to give Gasquet a triple break. But Del Potro immediately broke back to take a 6-5 lead, and eventually won 7-5.

It was a great match, but the Frenchman has to feel he let one get away, as he watched his lead evaporate in the second set and then was broken twice in the third set.

Andy Murray offered some props to Delpo.

Del Potro left his mark walking off the court.


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