Top seed David Ferrer will look to extend his bid for a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Final on Friday afternoon when he meets towering Croat Ivo Karlovic for the fourth time on the professional tour. The Spaniard leads the head-to-head series 2-1 and will be looking to add another win to the series for the first time in four years.
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After disappointing runs in Shenzhen and Tokyo, David Ferrer salvaged his hopes to qualify for the year-end championships with a strong showing in Shanghai, where he ousted Andy Murray en route to the quarter-final round against Novak Djokovic. He added to that bid this week in Vienna, where he defeated Tobias Kamke in the second round to set up the contest with Karlovic. Ferrer managed 79% of his first serve points and saved both break points he faced on serve to earn the 7-5, 6-1 victory in 1 hour and 28 minutes.
After beginning his week in Vienna with an opening round victory over Federico Delbonis – one that required a surprisingly intense effort to edge the victory 6-7(1), 7-6(9), 7-6(2) – before he got past Jurgen Melzer in the second round of the tournament. Against Melzer, Karlovic needed just two sets and one break of serve to secure the 6-4, 7-6(1) win in 98 minutes.
This marks the fourth time that Ferrer and Karlovic will meet on the ATP World Tour, yet it is also the first meeting in over three years. The world No. 30 won their most recent encounter at the 2011 Indian Wells Masters event, which adds nothing to his potential victory on Friday evening. Considering Ferrer appears to have found his late-season form, it will be interesting to see if Karlovic can offer up anything other than aces.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets