Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer will be campaigning for his second clay court title of the season this week in Monte Carlo. He will begin his week at the event with his second match-up in 2014 against France’s Jeremy Chardy. Ferrer holds a 5-1 lead over in the head-to-head series.
World No. 6 David Ferrer has had a surprisingly poor season on the tour so far in 2014, as he continues to sink in the rankings after failing to defend many of his ranking points on the tour. The Spaniard failed to defend his title in Auckland, where he lost in the semi-finals. He would reign victorious in Buenos Aires, yet would lose the following week in the inaugural Rio Open semi-finals. In February, Ferrer retired with left abductor strain while leading 6-2, 2-4 against Kevin Anderson in Acapulco quarter-final round; the injury persisted and he subsequently withdrew from ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
Chardy started his season by reaching the Brisbane semi-finals, where he lost to Roger Federer in three set. He would then go on to lose to his upcoming opponent Ferrer in Australian Open third round. Similar to Ferrer, Chardy also withdrew from an event on February 27due to back injury ahead of Sao Paulo doubles.The world No. 48 is now 12-8 this season.
This marks the eighth time these two athletes will cross paths on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the head-to-head series 6-1. Ferrer has won their last five meetings dating back to the 2009 Indian Wells Masters event, and will likely extend that streak further tomorrow afternoon in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Straight Sets