David Ferrer beats Stanislas Wawrinka in World Tennis Championship

Published: Dec 27, 2013, 07:43 IST | Agencies |

World No 3 David Ferrer routed Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 6-1 in the opening round of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship yesterday

Trailing 5-3 in the first set, Ferrer won the next nine games to effect a fantastic turnaround. The Spaniard will now face compatriot Rafael Nadal in the semi-final today.

David Ferrer returns to Stanislas Wawrinka during their Mubadala World Tennis Championship match. Pic/AFP

The 31-year-old had lost to Nadal in the final of the French Open last season.

In the other match of the day, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3.

Ferrer recently split with his coach Javier Piles after a 15-year working relationship.

“I am sad because it was a very familial relationship and next year I will begin with Jose Altur along with my same team,” he said.

Ferrer and Piles had endured a close but sometimes roller-coaster relationship. The coach once locked Ferrer in a cupboard as punishment for a poor performance on the practice courts.

Ferrer is the second Top 3 player to change coaches in the last week after World No 2 Novak Djokovic hired Boris Becker as his head coach.

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