• Ferrer faces Melzer in Sony Open quarterfinals

    3/27/13 6:57 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrer faces Melzer in Sony Open quarterfinals Jurgen Melzer will continue his surprising Miami run during quarterfinal action on Wednesday. It doesn't get any easier, with David Ferrer looming large on the other side of the net.

    Eleven years after their first encounter, Ferrer and Melzer will be doing battle for the ninth time in their careers when they collide in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open on Wednesday afternoon.

    Ferrer leads the head-to-head series 6-2, but they have split a pair of hard-court showdowns. They most recently faced each other last season in a clay-court Davis Cup quarterfinal rubber, which Ferrer--with home-court advantage--took in straight sets.

    Melzer has been slumping ever since the summer of 2011, but he may finally be heating up. The 31-year-old Austrian finished runner-up in Zagreb, won the Dallas Challenger earlier this month, and so far in Miami he has taken out Ricardas Berankis, Marcel Granollers, Tobias Kamke, and Albert Ramos.

    Ferrer has not been playing as well as his 2013 record (23-4) suggests. The fifth-ranked Spaniard got positively destroyed by Rafael Nadal in the Acapulco final and he dropped his Indian Wells opener to Kevin Anderson. Ferrer looked good, however, in straight-set dismissals this fortnight of Fabio Fognini and Kei Nishikori.

    Melzer has the firepower to trouble Ferrer and the underdog put it on display--along with an impressive mental game--while coming back from a set down against Berankis, Kamke, and Ramos. Unfortunately, the slow surface in Miami will not be conducive to the underdog's upset bid. Ferrer should be able to play his way into a ton of baseline rallies, a trend that will always give an edge to the No. 3 seed.

    Look for Ferrer to advance in straight sets.

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Ferrer also not at his best,
crazy tournament so far...

textor , 3/27/13 9:55 PM

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