World No. 3 David Ferrer (Player Profile) continues to breeze through draw here in Valencia, but will come against Polish up-and-comer Jerzy Janowicz (Player Profile), in what is expected to be his toughest match in the tournament yet. The two met in the Paris Masters final, with the Spaniard breezing through the match, yet Janowicz has improved tremendously since then, making for a more competitive contest when they meet today afternoon. Check out the Ferrer v Janovicz Head to Head.
The top-seeded Ferrer eased into the quarter-finals in Valencia with a quick victory over France’s Julien Benneteau, where he only dropped three games en route to his win. He had won a similarly simple match in the opening round, defeating Gael Mofils 6-3, 6-2. It has been a strong rebound following his failed attempt to win a third title last week in Stockholm when he lost in three sets to Dimitrov after winning the opening set. The World No. 3 is now 54-19 overall this year and has once again risen to No. 3 in the world.
Ferrer has already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November and is currently looking to increase his confidence and win another title heading into the year-end championships. He has not been as dominant on the tour as in 2012, with his 1-9 record against top 10 competition this season, emphasizing that fact. While Jancowicz is not elite competition (yet), a win here would add to Ferrer’s momentum heading into the year-end championships.
Fifth-seeded Jerzy Janowicz advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 7-5 winner over Portuguese No. 1 Joao Sousa. The World No. 15 is unlikely to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals yet will be looking to complete the year with his highest season-end ranking to date will a strong showing in the final weeks on the tour. He will need to be at his best to topple Ferrer, who holds a 1-0 head-to-head lead over him. Janowicz holds a 26-18 overall record and a 2-7 record against top 10 players this season.
This is the second time these two competitors meet on the tour. The first was in the finals of the Paris Masters last year, which Ferrer won in comfortable fashion with a 6-3, 6-4 scoreline. Nearly a year later, they meet again just a few days ahead of the Paris Masters in what promises to be a more competitive contest than their first meeting. Ferrer has not been the dominant force he was at this time last year, while Janowicz is gradually improving and developing his game, particularly on hard court, and he will likely give the Spaniard a tougher match.