For the third time this season, Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer will meet at a Masters 1000 event to determine who will move on to the later stage of the tournament. Although Ferrer held a stranglehold over the series early on, Nishikori has turned things around and won the two most recent meetings this season to lead the head-to-head series 4-3.
Spain’s David Ferrer furthered his quest for a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Final with a strong third round showing against fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco. Ferrer defeated Verdasco 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarter-final round of the tournament. He converted 5 break point opportunities and won 75% of his first service points to close out the win in 54 minutes.
Should Ferrer reach the Paris Bercy final, he will guarantee himself a berth in the prestigious year-end championships.
Faced with a tougher match-up than his upcoming opponent, Kei Nishikori needed three sets to dispatch top Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. The Japanese No. 1 withstood 10 aces, saved 5 of 6 break point opportunities and won 70% of his first service points to close out the match in 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Ferrer will be looking to pick up his first win over Nishikori this season, after holds a 3-2 record over the Japanese No. 1 before 2014. Nishikori won their two most recent encounters this season and will be looking for the trifecta on Friday afternoon in Paris. Ferrer will need to work hard to guarantee his spot in London next month.
Prediction: Kei Nishikori in Three Sets