HEINEKEN OPEN 2013
Ferrer Books Second SF Spot Of 2013; Next Plays Monfils
Auckland, New Zealand
by ATP Staff|
The Spaniard won 77 percent of points on his first serve and saved the only break point he faced. The result lifted his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against No. 48 Lacko to 3-0.
“I am pleased with my game today, I played better than yesterday," said Ferrer. "[I have a] good feeling with my game, I received better and I did not make so many mistakes.”
Ferrer will meets either wild card Gael Monfils in the semi-finals. "All semi-finals are complicated," said Ferrer. "Last year I played a complicated player and tomorrow it will be difficult again.”
Wild card Monfils beat fourth-seeded German Tommy Haas, who was named the ATP Comeback Player of the Year, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours.
Monfils hit 19 aces and eight double faults. Last week, the Frenchman lost in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semi-finals at Doha (l. to Brands).
“I am happy because it’s been a while since I won two matches in a row, but I’m still not 100 per cent happy with the way I played," said Monfils. "There was too much defence.
"Tomorrow is a massive challenge. It will be very hard. My confidence is coming back and whatever happens I will compete and fight and try my best."