Top seed David Ferrer (Player Profile) is one win away from his third title of the season and it may come against his toughest opponent yet in the draw at the Valencia Open 2013. The Spaniard will meet Russian No. 1 Mikhail Youzhny (Profile) for the ninth time on the ATP tour and holds a losing record of 3-4 in this particular series. This also marks the third final this season between two players over the age of 30. Check out the Ferrer v Youzhny Head to Head.
Following his comfortable matches in the early stages of the tournament, Ferrer had yet another easy win this afternoon as he defeated fellow countryman Nicolas Almagro for the 14th consecutive time. The Spaniard his 4 aces and won 84% of his shots on first serve to win the match 6-2, 6-3 in 67 minutes. The win, coupled with his overall performances this week offer a great confidence booster for Ferrer following his failed attempt to win a third title last week in Stockholm. The loss was a disappointing one for the World no. 3, particularly since he was up a set and a break before losing the match to first-time winner Grigor Dimitrov. Now, with a guaranteed spot in the ATP World Tour Finals in November, Ferrer would love to complete his season with a third tour title this season.
The 2009 Valencia Open finalist toppled fellow Russian Dmitry Tursonov 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-final earlier today to advance to his third final of the season. The Russian no. 1 won his first title of the season and his 9th overall in his career back in Gstaad and followed it up with a successful US Open run, where he reached the quarter-final, before he lost to then-world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Since then, he reached the quarter-finals in Bangkok, before losing to Richard Gasquet. He has compiled a 38-23 record this season with 19 of those wins coming on hard courts and is looking to finish the year ranked within the top 20.
The two first met 10 years ago in an encounter won by the Spaniard. They have only met once since 2009, which was in the 2012 French Open, where Ferrer lost four games in the entire three-set match. For Youzhny, this is an opportunity to win two titles in a season for the first time since 2010 and provide a strong ending to one of his better seasons. His 4-3 head-to-head advantage over the Spaniard is unlikely to play a factor in this match-up but he is also 4-1 against Ferrer on hard courts and that could be a telling sign of tomorrow’s match. Ferrer has not been at his best this season and it would not be an absolute shock to see Youhny lift his second trophy of the season tomorrow afternoon in Valencia.