• Ferrer reaches first Grand Slam final, Nadal next

    6/7/13 8:39 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Ferrer reaches first Grand Slam final, Nadal next World No. 5 David Ferrer is through to his first Grand Slam final after defeating world No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. The veteran moves on to face seven-time champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's title match.

    Fourth seed David Ferrer advanced to the championship final following his straight-sets ousting of 6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 31-year-old Spaniard converted six of 17 break points en route to a 124-minute victory, 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-2.

    Ferrer opened a 5-0 advantage in the first set, capitalizing on errant play from Tsonga. The veteran reached set point at 5-1, then closed on a backhand error from the Frenchman. Tsonga looked to regroup in set two with a 3-0 lead. Ferrer rallied to 4-3 before losing the break lead on a forehand error. After saving set point at 4-5, the Spaniard went ahead 4-0 in the ensuing tiebreak. Five set points came for the fourth seed, who closed on a drop-shot winner.

    Ferrer took an early break edge to 3-1 in the third set. Match point arrived at 5-2 for the world No. 5, who made his first Grand Slam final on a forehand miss from Tsonga.

    Ferrer completed the semifinal with 24 winners and 3 aces. Tsonga ended the match with 56 unforced errors committed.

    Ferrer is through to take on seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the final. Nadal held off world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 9-7 in the fifth set.

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Vamos Ferrer... if my man Rafa has to lose I'd prefer he does it against you!
I thought Tsonga favourite for this match but boy have you proved us wrong!
Nobody is talking about Ferrer and .... he's dispatched Tsonga (who took care of Fed) in straight sets - one of them with a FR baguette included and hasn't - dropped - a - set - yet in the whole tournament
I'm sure Rafa isn't thinking that this is already won (hope not for his sake)

Shireling , 6/7/13 8:56 PM

Like I wrote on the other thread, it is so great that Ferrer got to a slam final, after all these years where that is so hard to do between Roger/Rafa/Nole.

Ferrer will need to play outstanding tennis non-stop, like he did at the AO semi in 09. I can't imagine he can stop Rafa in a RG final with anything less. And of course Rafa will not take anything for granted, despite their history on clay and his own history at RG.

chlorostoma , 6/7/13 9:07 PM

tsonga was never favourite for this semi

rafakid , 6/7/13 9:27 PM

.. I think U. Tony must apply all his motivation skills for this one.
Rafa right now feels redeemed, he's achieved a huge task and I think he can't afford to start the final with that mind-set. Ferrer has nearly beaten him this year and is actually fitter than Nadal...
I hope it's an entertaining match - I hope the French aren't too hard on Tsonga, an all-Spanish final must hitch awfully

Shireling , 6/7/13 9:28 PM

You think Rafa can be nervous vs Brands and take Ferrer for granted? Not gonna happen! I think the final with be a better match than most pundits think. Ferrer is a five set player from way back - outstanding Davis Cup record - and tough as nails. And fresh, he's spent way less time on court than Rafa has. But does he really believe?

Ramara , 6/7/13 10:04 PM

I really thought Tsonga was going to beat Ferrer, oh well...


Emiliano55 , 6/7/13 10:07 PM

Welcome to the 20 club Ferrer.

chr18 , 6/7/13 10:15 PM

No way Rafa would take anyone for granted, let alone in a final, let alone Ferrer. But it follows a well known pattern for him to be nervous at the beginning of the two weeks and much more confident, for good reason, at the end.

They know each other's tennis inside out. Ferrer may be fresher, it goes to see how much more after 48 hours of rest, but it is Borg++ who he is facing in his first slam final. The ONLY thing he is not facing is Nadal not coming back from a long hiatus from the tour. I still don't think Nadal can possibly be in the best physical shape as it does take months to recover it all. But close enough for today, and close enough for Sunday.

chlorostoma , 6/7/13 10:19 PM

Ah, nice of you to acknowledge the existence of this rare, exclusive and unique club, chr18.........2 membership currently limited to 2, expected to increase to 3 by late Sunday evening............

rafaisthebest , 6/7/13 10:28 PM

Ferrer will need to play outstanding tennis non-stop, like he did at the AO semi in 09. I can't imagine he can stop Rafa in a RG final with anything less. And of course Rafa will not take anything for granted, despite their history on clay and his own history at RG.

chlorostoma , 6/7/13 9:07 PM

I think you need to comprehend before rushing to post.
Remember your Africa bloomer? You made one more bloomer now.
Ferrer wasn't in AO 2009 semis. Nadal played Verdasco and Federer played Roddick.

holdserve , 6/8/13 12:26 AM

@nny, where are you? You were making fun of my pick (in a nice way of course) ! Glad I don't have to eat my hat after all! Seriously, I do not understand why people did not believe Ferru would make the finals, it was blindingly obvious to me, especially given his play in Madrid and Rome. He pushed the King of Clay people! And then his draw, the Fed we just saw was going to trouble this Ferru? Please.

Ferru has recalibrated his game. Anyone who saw the way he dismantled Tsonga yesterday knows this. He is no longer a passive baselines, he is now also an aggressive shot maker to boot, just like Rafa.

Ferru will not be easy to beat in the final. In fact, even though I had him penned for the final, I would have preferred Tsonga as Rafa's opponent on Sunday. But I am calm. Rafa will not take Ferru lightly, especially given the way Ferru performed against him in the last 2 encounters.

Well done Ferru!

rafaisthebest , 6/8/13 7:33 AM

Well done, Ferru!!!

Monalysa , 6/8/13 7:47 AM

LOL! Ferru the journeyman - rafa fans are oh so nice because he is a bum who will never win anything of importance. If he had 6 slams like djokovic and had thrashed nay-dull 7 times in a row, the knives and the lunatics would be out for ferrer's blood like they have been out for Nole.

This will have to be the most unenthusing final since gaudio player coria. Did anyone notice that the french didn't give a rat's behind to a 7-time champ trying to create history? PC was empty for the most part of the match. Has any repeat champ other than mcenroe or connors been so despised in the country of their achievements? Nole is absolutely adored in Australia. Murray in Britain and Federer, well, he is the greatest tennis "STAR" since Bjorn Borg.

I hope the French are a little more accepting of Ferrer than they are of Nay-dull.

JamesDjokovicFan , 6/8/13 7:56 AM

rafaisthebest, 6/8/13 7:33 AM,

I am here! I am certainly glad that you don't have to eat your hat! :)

I wasn't sure that Ferrer would get to the final because he has never done it before. I also thought that Fed would keep up his streak against Ferrer and beat him again. However, after seeing how Tsonga beat him so easily in straight sets maybe you were on to something. I wasn't alone. No one was giving Ferrer a chance to beat Fed. But Fed is no longer the player who has never lost to Ferrer.

It's true that Ferrer has taken a set off Rafa in their last two matches in Madrid and Rome. It is true that he got through without dropping a set. But his draw was pretty easy. If the seeds held then he should have faced Berdy in the quarters. He got a Robredo who had no legs left after coming from behind in three straight five set matches. I thought that Tsonga would at least make a good match of it, but it didn't happen. I did not see that semifinal, so I can't speak to how Ferrer is playing.

It's true that Ferrer has become more aggressive. This may well be his last best chance to win a slam. However, as long as Rafa comes about playing well I just don't see Ferrer winning. Rafa has great respect for him.

Congratulations on your pick of Ferrer to reach the final! Good on you! :)

Nativenewyorker , 6/8/13 10:47 AM

Hahaha, thanks @nny! I am picking Rafa for the title, I am hoping my picking luck holds! However, I am not putting my hat at risk this time!

rafaisthebest , 6/8/13 11:04 AM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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