An entertaining semi-final contest takes place tomorrow afternoon in the If Stockholm Open as World No. 3 David Ferrer (Player Bio) meets fifth seed star Ernests Gulbis (Player Bio) for a place in the finals. This is the second time these two meet on the ATP tour and the first in over six years. Check out the Ferrer vs Gulbis Head to Head.
Top Latvian star Ernests Gulbis reached his third ATP semi-final of the season this afternoon when he defeated Polish No. 1 Jerzy Janowicz in three sets at the Stockholm Open. The win was an impressive one that required constant persistence to snatch the three set win from the big server. Gulbis has already won two ATP titles this year (Delray Beach Open & St. Petersburg Open) and will be looking for his third title of the season, a record for the Latvian. He has since risen 10 spots in the rankings and is now one spot away from finishing in the top 25 for the first time in his career.
Top-seeded David Ferrer made the quarter-finals in Stockholm when he rallied to defeat young American Jack Sock 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. He was scheduled to meet fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco in the the final 8, yet was given a walkover win when Verdasco withdrew from the tournament due to a right abdominal muscle strain. The Spaniard 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 heading into the year-end championships.
These two competitors first met in the opening round of the Canada Open back in 2007, in a match the Spaniard won convincingly. Considering this is six years later, it is unlikely that Ferrer will be able to dominate as easily. Gulbis has had a fantastic post-US Open season and is playing some of the best tennis of his career. A potential upset win over the top seed is not unfathomable in this scenario if he continues to perform at his current standards.