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Ferrer To Face Wawrinka For Crown; Oeiras Pays Tribute To Brad Drewett

Oeiras, Portugal

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer will play Stanislas Wawrinka for the 11th time on Sunday in Oeiras.

World No. 4 David Ferrer will take a 7-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Stanislas Wawrinka into the Portugal Open final on Sunday.

In their last meeting, Ferrer won the Copa Claro title at Buenos Aires in February.

Top seed Ferrer was on form against third seed Andreas Seppi on Saturday, when he recorded a 6-1, 6-4 win in 71 minutes for a place in his fifth ATP World Tour final of the season. He now has a 250-100 clay-court match record, according to the FedEx ATP Reliability Index.  

Ferrer extended his ATP World Tour-best season record to 28-6 with his fifth straight win over Seppi. On Sunday, he will seek to capture his 21st title. So far in 2013, Ferrer has won the Heineken Open title in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber) and Buenos Aires.

Wawrinka will attempt to capture his fourth ATP World Tour title. The second seed defeated 21-year-old Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in one hour and 36 minutes on a perfect day in Oeiras.

“I am really happy to have won the match and reach the final,” said Wawrinka, who is through to his second title match of the season. “The match was good. I played a bad game in the second set and he broke me. He played aggressively, so I had to change my game.” 

Carreno-Busta said, “It was a great week. The match was tough. I played well, I fought all the points and I couldn't come back in the match. I take positive things from this week. I rest for one week and the next tournament I'll play qualifying is an ATP Challenger Tour event.”

Tribute To Brad Drewett
ATP staff and Portugal Open officials observed a one-minute silence on Centre Court, prior to the first semi-final, in memory of Brad Drewett, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, who died on Friday. The tribute was broadcast live on RTP in Portugal and on Eurosport television across Europe.

Qureshi/Rojer Close On Title
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer are one match win away from retaining the doubles title in Oeiras. The top seeds will challenge third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky in Sunday’s final. Qureshi and Rojer beat fourth-seeded Italians Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. The duo won this year’s Sony Open Tennis title, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Miami. 

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