It has been almost two years since Roger Federer and David Ferrer faced each other in professional competition yet the two athletes are destined to collide in the quarter-final round of the Rogers Cup on Friday afternoon. The Spaniard has never found a way past the 17-time Grand Slam champion, losing to him on 14 separate occasions on the ATP World Tour, the most recent of which took place in the 2012 Barclays World Tour Final. Check out the Federer vs Ferrer Head to Head.
Although Roger Federer was expected to win on Thursday evening in Toronto, he certainly had a fight on his hands against Marin Cilic, whom he eventually defeated 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 in 2 hours and 39 minutes. After winning the opening set in a tiebreaker, Federer squandered six match points at 5-4 up in the second set before losing that tiebreaker, subsequently breathing new life into the match.
Tension filled the stadium during the third set as Federer failed to convert on nine break points before finally hitting a clutch backhand down the line to break serve and then close out the match 6-4 in the third.
Ferrer also faced a significant challenge on Stadium Court in the form of an inspired Ivan Dodig. The Spaniard only managed one game in the entire first set, where he only managed to win an abysmal 40% of his first service points and only won 18 out of the 49 points played. Ferrer found his footing in the second frame, where he managed to turn things around dramatically to win 75% of his first service points, save all six of the break points he faced and convert the pivotal break against Dodig to level the match.
The third set featured more of the same from Ferrer, as he increased his first serve win percentage by another 13% (no 88%) and saved all three of the break points he faced in the set to finish the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 1 hour and 55 minutes.
This marks the 15th time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Federer leading the series with a dominant, unblemished 14-0 record against Ferrer. Eight of those wins took place on hard court and it has been four years since Ferrer has been able to win a set against the Swiss No. 1.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets