Following outstanding performances in their respective semi-final contests, World No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Player Profile) and defending champion David Ferrer (Player Profile) will meet for the 16th time on the ATP tour, to battle for the final Masters trophy of the season. Djokovic leads the head-to-head against Ferrer 10-5 and has also bested the Spaniard in their last four meetings. Check out the Djokovic v Ferrer Head to Head.
The first set was mostly dominated by the Swiss no. 1, who played some of his most aggressive tennis all year to break ahead of Djokovic and secure the opening set 6-4. His first serve percentage was at 75% throughout that set, a testament to his focus on court during that set. Federer particularly dominated the net points during that opening frame as he stormed the centre of the court with more confidence than at any other point during the season.
The scintillating start did not faze the World No. 2 as he cut out the errors and upped his first serve percentage in the second set to not only break back after a mental lapse early in the set, but to even jump ahead and steal the set 6-3. An early break in the third set signalled the complete shift in momentum towards the World No. 2 and he closed out the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the finals in Paris and keep his hopes at regaining the No. 1 title alive.
With the victory earlier today, Djokovic has won his 19th ATP Masters match win this season. He will now have one final match before traveling to London for the year-end championships, where he will once again meet Roger Federer on Tuesday evening.
Nadal also had a tough time in his semi-final contest as defending champion David Ferrer stormed to a 4-1 lead in the opening set and maintained his stellar form to close out the set 6-3. The stunned Rafa was unable to regain footing in the second set and quickly fell behind to 3-1. The Parisian crowd were besides themselves with shock as the defending champion continued his tirade against the top seed and threatened with several more break points but had to settle for just the one.Nadal continued to stumble across the court, fighting desperately to maintain a foothold in the match but Ferrer simply dominated the match with his superior gameplay. After Nadal managed to bring the score to 5-5, Ferrer unleashed yet another barrage and finished the match 6-3, 7-5 in 97 minutes.
The defending champion struck three aces, won 72 percent of his points on first serve and converted three break point opportunities throughout the match to secure his biggest win of the season. His run in Paris is still not done as he will now have to defeat second seed Novak Djokovic to lift the BNP Paribas trophy once more. Djokovic may have the winning record against Ferrer but has proven to be vulnerable on the indoor courts in Paris and following Ferrer’s stunning dismissal of Nadal earlier today, it is possible for us to see an upset.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic defeats David Ferrer in Three Sets