• Ferrer, Wawrinka face off for Portugal Open title

    5/5/13 12:00 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrer, Wawrinka face off for Portugal Open title It will be a final showdown between the top two seeds on Sunday at the Portugal Open. David Ferrer is going for his 21st title while Stanislas Wawrinka is bidding for his fourth.

    David Ferrer and Stanislas Wawrinka will be squaring off for the 11th time in their careers when they battle for the Portugal Open title on Sunday afternoon.

    Ferrer leads the head-to-head series 7-3, including 5-1 on clay. Only one of the Spaniard's clay-court victories ended in anything other than straight sets. It was their most recent encounter that came earlier this season in Buenos Aires, where Ferrer prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the final. Wawrinka earned a hard-court triumph last summer in Cincinnati but he has since lost two in a row.

    Both players are in solid--if unspectacular--form this season. Ferrer came out on fire, capturing titles in Auckland and Buenos Aires, reaching the Australian Open semis, and finishing runner-up in Acapulco and Miami. The world No. 4 skipped Monte-Carlo and lost his Monte-Carlo opener to Dmitry Tursunov, but so far in Oeiras he has taken out Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Victor Hanescu, and Andreas Seppi.

    Wawrinka has been consistent but has not made a ton of noise since his epic five-set loss to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne. Recent results for the 16th-ranked Swiss include a fourth-round showing in Indian Wells, a semifinal finish in Casablanca, and a run to the Monte-Carlo quarterfinals. This week's No. 2 seed booked his spot in the final thanks to scalps of Albert Ramos, Gastao Elias, and Pablo Carreno-Busta.

    Although current form suggests this one could be a thriller, Ferrer has an edge not only in their past history but also in finals experience. The top seed has been to this stage of ATP tournaments on 37 previous occasions, winning 20 of those times, while Wawrinka is 3-7 lifetime and has never won a title outside of a 250-point event.

    Based on those numbers and an edge on clay, Ferrer in three sets is the pick.

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Wawrinka played very well but there seems to be something wrong with Ferrer.Either he's injured or suffering burnout.

stratocast51 , 5/5/13 5:49 PM

Saw the match, didn't look to me like Ferru was impaired in any way, Stan just blew him off the court, as per Nick Lester.

Well done, Stan.

rafaisthebest , 5/5/13 6:17 PM

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