Following his third consecutive title win in Buenos Aires, world No. 4 David Ferrer moves to Rio de Janeiro, where he will take part in the inaugural Rio Open as the second seed at the event. His opening round match at the event is against France’s Jeremy Chardy, who Ferrer holds a 5-1 lead over in the head-to-head series.
Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer reached his third consecutive Copa Claro title on Sunday, defeating Nicholas Almagro and Fabio Fongini in the final two matches in the tournament. Ferrer advanced through the tournament without dropping a single set and has only lost two matches this season (loss to Lu in Auckland and Berdych in Melbourne) ahead of the Rio Open. As the second seed at the event, Ferrer will likely clash with fellow countryman and king of clay Rafael Nadal in the final at the event, which would Ferrer in a tough spot to win the title.
Jeremy Chardy began his 2014 season in Brisbane, where he lost in the opening round to runner-up Roger Federer. He followed up with a third round appearance at the Australian Open,, as well as in Vina del Mar and Bueos Aires. Having already lot to Ferrer in straight sets last month in Melbourne, Chardy will have his work cut out for him tomorrow afternoon when he faces the Spaniard for the seventh time on the tour.
This marks the seventh time these two athletes will cross paths on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the head-to-head series 5-1. Ferrer has won their last four meetings dating back to the 2009 Indian Wells Masters event, and will likely extend that streak further tomorrow afternoon in the opening round.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Straight Sets