While there may be a seeded players’ exodus taking place in Hamburg this week, the top entrant in the tournament, David Ferrer, has survived the odds and found his way into the quarter-final round of the tournament. With the defending champion ousted on Wednesday, Hamburg will look to crown a new champion and the Spaniard is the frontrunner in that race. His next opponent is fellow countryman Pablo Andujar, whom he has faced on two previous occasions. Ferrer leads the head-to-head series 2-0 and will aim to keep that clean slate on Friday afternoon.
It has not been an easy week for Ferrer. Twice the Spaniard has had to overcome adversity to advance to the next stage of the tournament. His most recent opponent, Andreas Seppi, took him to three sets, but ultimately fell 6-3,3-6,6-3 to his more experienced foe. Ferrer hit 9 aces and saved four of six break points en route to his 1 hour and 53 minute victory over the Italian.
Andujar reached the quarter-final round with far less resistance, as he ousted Germany’s own Dustin Brown 6-1, 6-2 in 63 minutes. While he struck no aces, he managed to save all of the break points he faced and remained in full control of the proceedings.
This marks the third time that Ferrer and Andujar will cross paths on the professional tour, with the other two encounters taking place on clay as well, albeit four years apart. Andujar has never taken a set off Ferrer in professional competition but their last meeting was over two years ago, and much has changed since then. The Spaniard has not been at his best this year, which means this could be a tighter contest than their previous two meetings on the tour.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets