COPA CLARO 2012
Ferrer Sets Buenos Aires Final Clash With Almagro
Buenos Aires, Argentina
by Iain Boyd|
World No. 5 Ferrer, runner-up in 2010 (l. to Ferrero), took a 7-5 FedEx ATP Head 2 Head lead into the match having won all four clay-court meetings with World No. 85 Nalbandian.
Ferrer, into his 27th ATP World Tour final (12-14 record, 6-10 on clay), won 94 per cent of points on first serve and took three of six break point opportunities to progress in 64 minutes.
He’ll now face compatriot, and defending champion, World No. 11 Nicolas Almagro who defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 22 minutes.
Winning 81 per cent of points on first serve, including eight aces, Spanish No. 3 Almagro saved a break point at 5-5 in the third set before breaking Wawrinka in the next game to wrap up his 10th clay-court victory of the year (10-0).
Winner at the Brasil Open 2012 last week (d. Volandri), No. 2 seed Almagro levelled the FedEx ATP Head 2 Head at 3-3 against Swiss No. 2 Wawrinka to move into his 16th ATP World Tour final (11-4 mark, all on clay).
Almagro, winner of more clay court matches than anyone last year (32), will be hoping to secure his first win over Ferrer in their ninth meeting, having lost all three meetings last year (all on clay).