SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2011
Ferrer Edges Lopez To Reach Final
by ATP Staff|
For the third match in a row at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, third seed David Ferrer came from a set down on Saturday to defeat fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tournament. "Maybe today I played the better match of this week," stated Ferrer.
"When I lost the first set, I tried to forget the tie-break and I tried to focus again. I played better in the second and the third [sets]. I served better. Finally in the third set, he did three double faults in the important moments and I took my chance."
In his previous two matches the Spaniard had saved three match points to beat Juan Carlos Ferrero and edged Andy Roddick in a third-set tie-break after dropping the first set to the American. Ferrer’s heroics this week have earned him the fifth spot at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.
The Valencia resident overturned a 1-6 hard-court head-to-head record with the No. 28-ranked Lopez as he defeated the left-hander in two hours and 11 minutes. After losing the first set on the tie-break, Ferrer quickly stalled Lopez’s momentum with a break of serve in the third game of the second set. He broke a second time in the ninth game to level the score and won the final three games of the match from 3-3 in the final set.
The 29-year-old Ferrer is through to his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, his first on hard-court after runner-up finishes on clay at the 2010 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome (l. to Nadal) and at this year’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Nadal). "I will try to do my best for the win tomorrow," Ferrer said. "I've never won a Masters 1000, and it's very important for me, for my tennis career."
World No. 5 Ferrer is chasing his third ATP World Tour title of the season, following victories at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Nalbandian) and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Almagro). He has a 51-14 match record on the season.
In the final he will face either second seed Andy Murray, who has won 23 of his past 24 matches including victory over Ferrer in the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships semi-finals last week, or Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who is through to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final.