The Portugal Open 2013 in Estoril will feature the highest seeded players David Ferrer and Stan Wawrinka. The Spaniard leads the head-to-head series 7-3.
Top seed Ferrer got off to a flying start in the semifinal match, leaving third seed Italian Andreas Seppi 4-0 behind in the opener. He failed to consolidate his second break, but he immediately restored his lead to make it 5-1. Serving for the set Spaniard went 40-0 up and clinched the opener in the third attempt. In the second set Ferrer’s serve was never under a threat, while he broke Seppi in the seventh game and could start celebrating his 6-1, 6-4 win after one hour and eleven minutes of play. He will be chasing his 21st ATP title in the Sunday’s final.
Seed number two Wawrinka had to go through a three-set battle on the Centre Court to overcome a surprise semifinalist Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain. The Swiss’s serving left nothing to be desired in the opening set as he held all service games easily, while breaking his challenger in the sixth game. He then served for the opener at 5-3 and tucked away the set ball number one. The young Spanish qualifier did not let the first set defeat get to him as he broke the deadlock early on in the following set to construct a 3-0 lead – he managed to level the terms after resisting a couple of Wawrinka’s re-break points. However, the decider was a one-way traffic with the favorite building a double break advantage by 5-1 and completing his victory with a love hold. End score: 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 after one hour and thirty-six minutes. Wawrinka has won three ATP tournaments so far.