For the first time since last year’s Australian Open quarter-final, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer will cross paths on the professional tour to determine, this time to determine who will lift the Qatar Exxon Mobil title on Saturday. This marks the 14th time that the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Ferrer leading the head-to-head series 7-6.
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych needed only 73 minutes to defeat Andreas Seppi in the semi-final round. He struck three aces, won 84% of his first service points and saved all three break points he faced on serve to close out the match 6-2, 6-3. According to the ATP World Tour, Berdych has spent a total of four hours and 12 minutes in all four matches this week.
The Czech No. 1 will come up against David Ferrer, who defeated the towering Croat Ivo Karlovic, fresh off his upset of top seed Novak Djokovic. He survived 30 aces and 67 winners from Karlovic to eventually edge him out 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(4) and reach the Doha final for the first time in his career. Ferrer, who managed 47 winners of his own and served at an accuracy rate of 78% of his first service points, will now look for his first title since last February in Buenos Aires.
“This preseason I worked hard,” said Ferrer. “I had one month of work with my new coach (Francisco Fogues), and I think we improved some details in my tennis, like the slice and my serve. Now I want to rest and to have a massage with my physio and be ready for tomorrow.”
This marks the 14th time that Ferrer and Berdych will cross paths on the professional tour, with the Spaniard leading the series 7-6. Of all the matches taking place on Saturday afternoon around the world, this is likely the most difficult to predict. Both players have looked outstanding this week in Doha and have shown little in terms of faults. This will likely be a close, enthralling three set battle.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Three Sets