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Ferrer Sets All-Spanish Acapulco Final With Verdasco

Acapulco, Mexico

Verdasco© MextenisFernando Verdasco advanced to his first final of the season Friday.

Top seed and two-time reigning Acapulco champion David Ferrer defeated Santiago Giraldo 7-5, 6-4 to record his 14th straight victory at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel on Friday. The Spaniard will aim to become only the second player to lift three consecutive trophies at the ATP World Tour 500 event when he takes on countryman Fernando Verdasco in Saturday's final.

World No. 6 Ferrer saved all six break points he faced, and converted a late break of serve in each set improve to 2-0 against the Colombian, claiming victory in one hour and 51 minutes. "I'm tired tonight, as it was a demanding match. He played very well and it was really close," said Ferrer. "I am happy about the way things have gone this week and to be in the final once again here in Acapulco."

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Ferrer is 17-1 on the season, and is coming off a triumph at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires(d. Almagro). He began his year by successfully defending his title at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Rochus). Ferrer will look to join Thomas Muster as the only players to win three Acapulco titles in a row; Muster won four straight crowns from 1993-1996. The 29 year old is 6-7 against Verdasco, having won their most recent encounter in Auckland, but Verdasco has won six of their nine meetings on clay. "Tomorrow again Fernando, I of course expect a difficult match," Ferrer said. "We know each other really well, and in a final, both players want to give everything out there and win the title."

The eighth-seeded Verdasco reached his first final of the season, beating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-3. The Spaniard did not face a break point, winning 72 per cent of his service points. He converted three breaks of serve against Wawrinka to lock up the win in 85 minutes, improving to 2-1 versus the Swiss. "This has been an amazing week, I am very happy with my results up to now," said Verdasco.

"There is no doubt that tomorrow I will give my everything to win both singles and doubles. But win or lose, this week has been a great result for me. I love this tournament and the people here and I will keep coming back."

Verdasco is bidding to end a title drought dating back to his triumph in Barcelona two years ago. He reached three finals in 2011, finishing runner-up in Gstaad (l. to Granollers), Estoril (l. to del Potro) and San Jose (l. to Raonic). Three of Verdasco’s five titles have come on clay.

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