• Ferrer continues dominance of Seppi

    5/4/13 11:57 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrer continues dominance of Seppi David Ferrer earns another routine win over Andreas Seppi to reach the Oeiras final on Saturday. Ferrer will battle Stanislas Wawrinka for the title in a No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed showdown.

    It must be becoming increasingly clear to Andreas Seppi that David Ferrer is simply a better version of himself. Perhaps much better.

    Ferrer improved to 5-0 lifetime against Seppi with yet another straight-set victory in the Portugal Open semifinals on Saturday. Their previous scorelines read 6-3, 6-3 followed by 6-2, 6-2 followed by 6-1, 6-4 followed by 6-3, 6-2. As such, it could not have come as a surprise to anyone when Ferrer prevailed 6-1, 6-4 to set up a final showdown against Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Seppi did not hold single time in the entire opening set. The 18th-ranked Italian lost the first four games of the match before breaking his opponent's serve to get on the scoreboard for 1-4. Ferrer, however, promptly seized another break before closing out the opener at 5-1.

    A slightly more competitive second frame of play saw Seppi hold en route to a 3-3 deadlock. It was all but over, though, when Ferrer earned his fourth and final break of the day for a 4-3 advantage. The fourth-ranked Spaniard served out the proceedings from there and clinched his first match point at 5-4 when Seppi struck a backhand error.

    Ferrer wrapped up his effort with four aces and no double-faults while facing only one break point. Seppi recorded a disastrous seven winners compared to 33 unforced errors.

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