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Ferrer Keeps Up Grand Slam QF Record

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Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer is bidding to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time.

David Ferrer reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the second year in a row on Monday as he finished strongly to defeat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-7(3), 7-6(6), 6-1, 6-1 on No. 2 Court at the All England Club.

"I'm trying to play more aggressive," said Ferrer. "I need to serve better than other courts, obviously when I am playing the second shot. Every match I am playing better with my game. I am confident."

The Spaniard is bidding to reach his second Grand Slam final in a row after finishing runner-up in his first major final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) last month. He has never been past the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and will look to do so when he faces Juan Martin del Potro on Wednesday. Ferrer is guaranteed to rise to a career-high World No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday.

The 31-year-old Ferrer reached his seventh consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final as he defeated World No. 49 Dodig in two hours and 46 minutes. After losing the first set in 56 minutes, Ferrer found himself in trouble in the second set. The Valencia resident held from 15/40 down in the seventh game and then rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the tie-break to convert his second set point, hitting a dipping return which Dodig volleyed into the net.

Ferrer was flawless in the third set. With the momentum in his favour, Ferrer did not drop a point on serve and hit 14 winners to zero unforced errors. He broke Dodig three times as he took command of their second meeting by clinching the set in 25 minutes. After fighting off a break point in the first game of the fourth set, Ferrer then penetrated Dodig’s defences in a lengthy second game to take charge. He broke Dodig once more in the sixth game, firing a forehand winner past the net-stranded Croatian, and closed out victory with a service hold to 15.

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"In the first set I had a lot of chances to win the set," said Ferrer. "But he played better than me in the important moments. In the second [set] I was three or four break points down. I made it. I was focused all the match, I was positive and consistent with my game. When I won the second set, the third and the fourth, I returned better, I played more confidently with my game."

Ferrer leads del Potro 6-2 in their FedExATP Head2Head series. The Spaniard has won their past four meetings, most recently prevailing in three sets in the round robin stage of the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He has also won their two previous grass-court contests, in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year and in the semi-finals of the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch five years ago.

“He's a very great player,” said Ferrer. “It's going to be difficult. I need to play my best tennis to beat Del Potro. And on a grass court I think it is more difficult. He plays better than me on grass. Last year I beat him, but I think I played my best match on a grass court.”

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