MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Ferrer Reaches Madrid SFs, Faces Nishikori Next
by ATP Staff|
The Latvian claimed the first break of the match, going up 3-2 in the second set, but Ferrer came back strongly, rolling through the final four games to clinch the victory after one hour and 40 minutes.
Ferrer also reached the Masters 1000 semi-finals last month in Monte Carlo, courtesy of an upset win over eight-time former champion Rafael Nadal, and stated he felt confident once again after an early loss in Barcelona (l. to Gabashvili) and a three-set test in his Madrid opener.
"These two matches I've been playing really well," said Ferrer, who defeated John Isner in straight sets Thursday. "I'm happy because of the level I've been showing. After the first match this week, I was a little bit nervous. In Monte Carlo I had good feelings. This week I have had those good feelings once again."
Ferrer came up just short of reaching the Madrid final in 2010, when he fell to Roger Federer in three sets in the semi-finals. The 32-year-old Spaniard won the clay-court title in Buenos Aires earlier this year and is looking to lift his 21st ATP World Tour title.