ROLAND GARROS 2014
Ferrer Stays Perfect In Paris, Faces Anderson Next
by ATP Staff|
David Ferrer is yet to drop a set going into the second week at Roland Garros, reaching the fourth round in Paris on Saturday with a 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3 victory over Andreas Seppi.
The Spaniard reached his first Grand Slam championship final in Paris last year, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal. Victory over Seppi saw Ferrer record his 35th match win at Roland Garros, where he was also a semi-finalist in 2012 (l. to Nadal).
Ferrer improved to a perfect 7-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Seppi as he dismissed the No. 32-seeded Italian in two hours and 22 minutes. The fifth seed converted five of his 13 break point chances and won 73 per cent of points behind his first serve.
"I'm quite satisfied with the match," said Ferrer. "I would have liked to be more steady with my forehand and more consistent, but still, I'm happy.
"In the past five weeks I have started my matches in a more regular way, more consistent, I was more solid," said Ferrer. "I must say that as far as this is concerned, José (Altur - coach) has helped me a lot. We have worked a lot on this. That is how to kick off a match."
World No. 5 Ferrer has a 30-10 record on the season, highlighted by victory in Buenos Aires (d. Fognini) and semi-final showings in Madrid (l. to Nishikori) and Monte-Carlo, where he beat Rafael Nadal before falling to Stan Wawrinka.
Ferrer goes on to face No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson, whom he defeated in the fourth round last year. The South African had won the first set 6-3 when his opponent, Ivo Karlovic, was forced to retire with a back injury. The 28-year-old Anderson is bidding to reach his first major quarter-final.
In a match carried over from Friday night, Marcel Granollers closed out a 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(4), 7-5 victory over Martin Klizan. The match had been suspended due to bad light, with Granollers having just won the third set. The Spaniard set a fourth-round match-up with Milos Raonic, with both players looking to reach their first Grand Slam quarter-final.
"It will be a difficult match for me for sure," said Granollers. "He's playing very good on clay this season. Big server and very good forehand. So it will be a tough match."