UNICEF OPEN 2012
Top Seed Ferrer, Qualifier Petzschner Rally To Reach Final
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
Top seed David Ferrer advanced to the final of the UNICEF Open on Friday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch after finishing strong to defeat Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1. Ferrer capitalised on his two break points, while saving five of the six faced on serve.
World No. 6 Ferrer will be contesting his 30th tour-level final, but his second on grass. He won this ATP World Tour 250 title on his tournament debut in 2008 (d. Gicquel). He has a 3-1 record in finals this season, winning the hard-court title in Auckland and clay-court crowns in Buenos Aires and Acapulco.
Ferrer will go on to face German qualifier Philipp Petzschner, who defeated Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 7-5, 7-5. In a match featuring eight breaks of serve, the No. 145-ranked Petzschner converted five of his seven opportunities to claim victory in 88 minutes.
"It’s going to be difficult against Petzschner," said Ferrer. "He’s a very good player and he has a really good game to play on this type of surface. I will have to play my best tennis to beat him."
The 28-year-old Petzschner is through to his third ATP World Tour singles final and first since finishing runner-up to Philipp Kohlschreiber on grass in Halle a year ago. The right-hander won his lone title as a qualifier in Vienna four years ago (d. Monfils).
"I played a really good match today," said Petzschner. "I've had a really good week so far. I was injured and couldn't play between Davis Cup and the French Open, then I lost a couple of tough matches in the past couple of weeks. So it was quite unexpected."
Petzschner came into this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tennis tournament battling a seven-match losing streak, dating back to a second-round defeat in Memphis (l. to Kubot) in February. He now improves to a 6-10 match record on the season.