After two tough semi-final contests, David Ferrer (Player Bio) and Grigor Dimitrov (Player Bio) will meet for the fourth time on the ATP tour in the If Stockholm Open 2013 final tomorrow afternoon. For Dimitrov, this is an opportunity to overcome the milestone of winning his first tour title. For Ferrer, this is an opportunity to increase momentum heading into the Barclays ATP World Tour Final. Check out the Ferrer vs Dimitrov Head to Head.
Top seed David Ferrer rallied from a set down early in the match to defeat Latvian No. 1 Ernests Gulbis in the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open. It was an impressive performance from the Spaniard, who showed his patience and experience as he methodically broke down Gulbis’s serve and took advantage of the openings created to seal the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. The third set was a particularly dominant one, as Gulbis was committing an exceptional amount of unforced errors, which allowed Ferrer to ease into his seventh final of the season. The World No. 3 is 51-18 overall in competition this year and has once again risen to No. 3 in the world, with Murray currently sidelined. He has already qualified for the Barclays World Tour Final in November and is currently looking to increase his confidence with his third title of the season heading into the year-end championships.
Seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov needed three sets to dispatch Frenchman Benoit Paire in the other semis. Paire started the match with some extraordinary shot-making yet it was the Bulgarian who maintained his level of play while Paire’s continued to dwindle into the third set until Dimitrov finally finished off the match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win. Now in his second final of the season, Dimitrov is still searching for that elusive first title of his career and he will certainly face a difficult task in achieving it tomorrow in Stockholm. He has complied a 32-21 win-loss record this season, including 19-13 on hard courts.
This is the fourth time Ferrer and Dimitrov meet on the professional tour, with the Bulgarian yet to take more than a set off Ferrer. Two of the wins were on hard court in Masters competition (Cincinnati 2011, Indian Wells 2012) and the other, more recent win took place in Bastad on clay. Dimitrov has only taken a set off Ferrer in one of those three encounters and will need to play his best tennis to topple the World No. 3 tomorrow afternoon. Daunting, yet not impossible.