Wawrinka proves poor substitute for Federer in Nishikori loss

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With six-times champion Roger Federer absent, Swiss fans dotted around London's O2 Arena were rooting for Stan Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday but left feeling short-changed after their man was thrashed by Kei Nishikori.

Wawrinka, who claimed a third grand slam title at this year's U.S. Open, should have been a decent deputy for the 17-times grand slam champion who is missing the year-ender for the first time since 2001 because of injury.

It did not look like it against Nishikori though as he sprayed 31 unforced errors in a 6-2 6-3 defeat to the Japanese who could climb above him to finish the year third in rankings.

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