While many of the tour’s top competitors are taking the week off, David Ferrer is one of the few players still in the running for a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Final, which is why he is campaigning in Vienna. The Spaniard will begin his week against Tobias Kamke, whom he will be meeting for the third time on the professional tour. Ferrer leads the head-to-head series 2-0.
Follow the match here: Ferrer vs Kamke
Following a streak of disappointing losses following the US Open, which included opening round loses in Shenzhen and Tokyo, David Ferrer regained his form in Shanghai, where he dispatched Martin Klizan and upset Andy Murray before losing to Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-final round of the Masters 1000 event. With an opportunity to qualify for the World Tour Finals, Ferrer will be motivated to maintain his spot ahead of Murray with a trong showing this week in Vienna.
Ferrer’s first opponent will Tobias Kamke, who needed three sets to dispatch Italy’s Simone Bolelli and reach the second round of the tournament. The German rallied from a set down to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 – an effort that required 4 aces, 67% of his first service points and four breaks of serve to end in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Ferrer leading the head-to-head series 2-0. Both of the Spaniard’s wins were hard court encounters – the first in Auckland (2011) and the second in Doha last season. While Ferrer should be a significant favourite to win this encounter, he has been inconsistent as of late and may be affected by the constant travel and jetlag.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets