BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Ferrer Stuns Nadal To Set Djokovic Final
by ATP Staff|
David Ferrer recorded just his fifth win in 25 meetings with Rafael Nadal on Saturday as he kept his title defence alive at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Ferrer will face Novak Djokovic in the final after beating Nadal 6-3, 7-5 at the Palais Omnisports.
Ferrer won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown last year when he defeated Jerzy Janowicz in the Paris final. He will look to retain his crown by overturning a 5-10 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic. The pair will clash for the second time this season. Djokovic dropped just five games when they met in the Australian Open semi-finals in January.
"It's going to be a very difficult match," said Ferrer. "I need to play very good to win tomorrow. I think too I have to play similar like today and take my chance if I will have one chance."
Nadal’s defeat leaves the door open for Djokovic to keep up his bid to finish year-end World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Should the Serb win Sunday’s final, the battle will carry into next week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
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After nine successive defeats to Nadal, Ferrer stopped the rot with a brave, attacking display that saw him prevail in one hour and 38 minutes. The Valencia native broke Nadal for a 3-1 lead in the first set. Nadal dug himself out of a 0/40 hole in the eighth game, but Ferrer held his nerve to serve out the opener.
Ferrer engineered another early break in the second set, but saw Nadal fight back as he served for the match. Ferrer failed to close out the match in the 10th game, but did not blink in the face of the oncoming Nadal. He broke his countryman again in the following game and served out at the second time of asking. The pair will meet again on Tuesday in Group A at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
"I'm very happy. I'm in the final again in Paris Bercy," said Ferrer. "It was a very good match for me. I played maybe my best match this season. I was very aggressive with my forehand and with my shots."
"Paris is very special for me. I made my first final of a Grand Slam in Roland Garros; last year I won my first Masters 1000 title; now I'm in the final again in Paris."
The 31-year-old Ferrer is looking to stop a run of six successive defeats in tour-level finals, including a loss to Nadal in the Roland Garros final. The right-hander came into Paris on the back of runner-up showings at the If Stockholm Open (l. to Dimitrov) and the Valencia Open 500 (l. to Youzhny).
The 27-year-old Nadal was denied in his quest to become the first player to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns in the same season. The left-hander is a winner of 10 tour-level titles this year and dropped to a 71-6 match record, having only started his season in February after a seven-month injury lay-off.