Following hard-earned victories in their respective quarter-final battles, Spain’s David Ferrer and France’s Julien Benneteau will meet for a spot in their final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. This will mark their tenth meeting on the professional tour, with the Ferrer – Benneteau Head-to-Head series poised at 5-4.
Julien Benneteau picked up one of the biggest victories of his career against Stan Wawrinka to arrive at his first ever Masters 1000 semi-final. After dropping the opening set 6-1 in 28 minutes, the Frenchman rebounded splendidly to drop only 3 games in the next two sets en route to making the final four in Cincinnati. Considering he needed to fend off two match points in his first round match against lucky loser Blaz Rola, it was a remarkable performance from Benneteau.
“It’s my best result in a Masters 1000,” said Benneteau. “The Masters 1000 are very, very difficult tournaments because the cut is like 40, 45. It’s top 45 players in the world on every tournament at this level. You don’t have a lot of opportunities to make a very big result.”
A much closer semi-final match took place several hours later on Stadium Court between Spaniards David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo, which certainly proved to be a battle of attrition that lasted just over two hours. Ferrer eventually lifted his arms up with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory, and while both produced a surprising number of unforced errors during the match, it was the sixth seed who played the crucial points better.
This marks the tenth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the head-to-head series 5-4. As evidenced in the Robredo contest, it is impossible to count Ferrer out of a match until the final point, as his scrappy nature will ensure a dog fight to the end. Benneteau will need to be at his absolute best in terms of consistency to topple Ferrer on this particular stage.
Prediction: Julien Benneteau in Three Sets