The second of the two semi-finals scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon will feature Spain’s David Ferrer against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. Of their 11 previous meetings on the tour, Ferrer leads the head-to-head series 9-2, including wins in the last seven consecutive encounters on the tour.
The top seed advanced to the final four in Vienna with a straight sets victory over Ivo Karlovic. Ferrer withstood 17 aces, won 86% of his first service points and faced no break points en route to the 7-6(5), 6-4 win in 84 minutes.
While Ferrer reached the semi-final with relative ease, he dropped one spot in the Race to London, as he is now 45 points behind Andy Murray in ninth place. With the pair clearly on track for another meeting in the Vienna final, Ferrer will be motivated to work his way back into a coveted qualification spot.
Ferrer’s upcoming opponent, Philipp Kohlschreiber arrived at the semi-final with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over fellow countryman Benjamin Becker. The German hit 11 aces, won 67% of his first serve points to secure the win in 1 hour and 24 minutes. This marked Kohlschreiber’s first semi-final in Vienna in five years and his third overall.
This marks the 12th time that these two comeptitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the series with a seven match differential (9-2 h2h). The Spaniard has won the last seven consecutive meetings on the tour and will look to add another one to his resume as he improves his qualification bid for the ATP World Tour finals.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets