Ferrer To Face Mayer In Final
by ATP Staff|
Experience trumped youth on Saturday at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg as top seed David Ferrer ended German teenager Alexander Zverev’s run with a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the semi-finals.
The 32-year-old Ferrer dismissed his 17-year-old opponent in 56 minutes to advance to his 44th tour-level final. He will face Leonardo Mayer on Sunday as he bids to win his 22nd title. The Spaniard won their one previous clash, two years ago on the grass of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
"I tried to play point by point and focused within myself," said Ferrer. "Maybe when I won the third game of the second set, when I broke him, he lost a little bit of his focus and the last two or three games he made more mistakes because he started playing well the second set. It was an important moment."
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World No. 285 Zverev was the youngest player ever to compete in the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, having ousted the likes of fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny and No. 11 Santiago Giraldo. He had never won a tour-level match coming into Hamburg and is now set to break the Top 200 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at around No. 160, having sat as low as No. 665 on 30 June.
"There are a lot of expectations about him and sometimes it’s not easy to play with that pressure," Ferrer said of Zverev. "But, anyway, he has a good future. He’s an unbelievable player, impressive, serves good, he’s intelligent. A good future for him."
Ferrer bested his local opponent as he converted five of his eight break points and won 74 per cent of his service points. The Valencia native claimed his 37th win of the season and is looking to lift his second trophy of the campaign, having triumphed in Buenos Aires (d. Fognini).
World No. 46 Leonardo Mayer reached his first ATP World Tour 500 final as he upset seventh-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-4. The Argentine has not dropped a set in five matches to reach the final.
"It's my first final here; I'm really happy," said Mayer. "I haven't lost a set. That's important because it's hot so I have been able to play less."
The 27-year-old Mayer is up to a career-high No. 46 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week, boosted by a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month. The Argentine is looking to win his first ATP World Tour title, having finished runner-up in his maiden final on clay in Vina del Mar in February (l. to Fognini).
In claiming his 21st win of the season, Mayer resisted a late fightback from Kohlschreiber. The Argentine was broken back as he led 4-1 in the second set, but broke Kohlschreiber for the fourth time in the final game of the match to triumph in 89 minutes.
"I played well on the big points [today]," said Mayer. "I could attack him before he attacked me. He plays well when you let him play his game. I loved the way I served today. I'm very happy overall."
Draganja/Mergea Topple Fourth Seeds
Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea reached their first ATP World Tour team final as they upset fourth seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-1, 6-3 in 58 minutes. The Croatian/Romanian duo are playing just their sixth tour-level event, having made their debut with a semi-final run at Roland Garros (l. to Granollers/Lopez). They will face top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares for the title.