World no. 3 David Ferrer (Player Profile) reached his seventh ATP final of the year and will be aiming to lift the third trophy in 2013 in the tomorrow’s IF Stockholm Open 2013 title clash against seventh seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (Player Profile). The beginning of the match was going according the top seed Spaniard’s plans as he clinched an early break in the opener, yet the level of his play dropped after that and fifth-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis (Player Profile) managed to turn the tide of the set and went one nil ahead. The history almost repeated itself in the second set as Gulbis found a response to a one break deficit and almost stunned the favorite again by creating a couple of break points at 4-4, yet the Spaniard escaped the danger and pounced on the opponent in the follow-up game to level the terms. The momentum had clearly shifted by the beginning of the decider where Ferrer stormed to 5-0 and capped off his comeback with a love hold to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
“I played my best match this week,” Ferrer said. “It was a very tough match. I needed my game to be solid and not make many mistakes…I ran and fought a lot. In the important moments I played better.”
Similarly, 28th-ranked Dimitrov had to turn around the match against sixth-seeded Benoit Paire (Player Profile) in order to make it to the finals. The Frenchman capitalized on the opening game break to claim the first set, but was outplayed by the opponent in both of the remaining sets as he got broken twice each time – the highest ranked Bulgarian advanced by winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. He will try to improve the head-to-head record against Ferrer who prevailed in all three previous encounters.
“I’m happy I stayed really focused throughout the match and even though it went three sets I was still believing in my game,” said Dimitrov who will fancy his chances in Sunday’s Stockholm final. “Hopefully I can recover and I’m going to be out there (fighting) for a win.”