Ferrer Dismantles Isner For Australian Open QF Berth
In-form Spaniard sweeps into the last eight
David Ferrer has advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals without losing a set for the first time.
The eighth seed battled his way past No. 10 seed John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 on Monday and now stands one victory away from equalling his best performance at Melbourne Park.
"I'm very happy," said Ferrer. "A quarter-final without losing a set. My fitness is okay. It's important in the second week to be in good condition."
In his way stands four-time runner-up and second seed Andy Murray, who he lost to in the 2011 semi-finals. Ferrer also reached the 2013 last four (l. to Djokovic). He has a 6-12 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Murray.
"It's going to be tough," said Ferrer. "He's playing really good. The last year he finish No. 2 [in the Emirates ATP Rankings]. He's improved his game, I think. He's playing more aggressively. He's improved his forehand. So I need have a good day, play aggressive. Well, if it's possible, it will be a long match."
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Ferrer, 33, took control early in the pair's eighth meeting, converting his third break point in a 12-point third game. The Spaniard survived two break points to hold for 5-3, prior to saving one break point at 5-4, 30/40.
The second set went with serve until 3-3, when Ferrer broke Isner to love and he crucially broke to 15 at 6-5 in the third set. It was his 39th victory at the first Grand Slam championship of the year.
"It was very frustrating," said Isner. "I thought he played well. A guy like that is not going to play a poor match in the Round of 16 of a Slam. I just needed to play better than I did. I'm never going to beat him if I don't play very well. It's as simple as that. So credit to him. I had a few chances. I just didn't put enough pressure on him. It cost me dearly. It's a bit disappointing."
Ferrer withstood 18 aces and lost just eight of his service points for victory in two hours and four minutes.