Stanislas Wawrinka kept alive his hopes of reaching the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Finals by fighting back from a set down to defeat David Ferrer in London.
It looked like the Swiss' chances of making the last four were slipping away when Ferrer took the opener – his first set of the tournament.
But Wawrinka fought back to win 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 6-1 and would join Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals if the Spaniard overcame Tomas Berdych last night at the O2 Arena.
The early signs were good for Wawrinka as an early break helped him into a 5-2 lead but Ferrer hit back with a run of four straight games.
The Spaniard could not serve out the set either but he was much more solid in the tie-break to put Wawrinka on the brink of elimination.
Ferrer had won seven of their previous 11 meetings and had chances to break in the second set but Wawrinka stood firm and when the seventh seed broke in the next game Ferrer took it out on his racket.
It seemed an extreme reaction from a player who was already out of contention, but he was still playing for 200 points and around £89,000.
This time Wawrinka did serve out the set, and a forehand hooked wide from Ferrer in the opening game of the decider gave his opponent an immediate break.
Ferrer has played for seven weeks in a row across Asia and Europe so it is not surprising he has been well below his best in London.
The third seed's frustration was obvious and that increased as Wawrinka broke again for 4-1, and a stunning backhand down the line sealed victory on his first match point.