World No. 3 David Ferrer (Player Profile) and Gael Monfils (Player Profile) will clash for the fifth time on the professional tour and for the second time this year when they meet in the opening round of the Valencia Open tomorrow. Monfils leads the Head to Head series 3-1 and will be looking to extend it further.
The Frenchman has had a turbulent year yet has managed to produce some of his best tennis this year en route to a shocking upset victory over 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. He went on to perform superbly against World No. 2 Novak Djokovic before succumbing in three sets to the eventual champion. Now he will face yet another top ten opponent in David Ferrer and will need to find that brilliance once again to topple the Spaniard.
David Ferrer failed to win a third title last week, when he lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the Stockholm Open finals. It was his seventh final of the season and brings him to 2-5 this season in tour finals. The World No. 3 is 52-19 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 and win another title heading into the year-end championships. He is also 1-9 against top 10 competition this season.
This is the fifth time these competitors will meet on the ATP tour and while Monfils leads the series, his last win over the Spaniard was in 2011. Ferrer picked up his first win over Gael this year in Auckland in dominant fashion, where Monfils was only able to win three games in the entire match. Ferrer has improved tremendously over the past couple of year and that performance proved just that. Tomorrow’s encounter will likely be a similar affair as Monfils’ taxing style of play leaves him weary in the later stages of a contest, while Ferrer has the stamina to outlast most competitors on the tour.
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