Andy Murray and David Ferrer will be facing each other for the 19th time in the careers when they battle for a semifinal spot at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Murray leads the head-to-head series 12-6 but is a more dominant 11-1 on this particular surface. Ferrer’s only win on a hard court has come at the 2011 World Tour Finals. A 2011 Aussie Open showdown went Murray’s way in four sets as the Scot booked a place in the title match. Check out the Murray vs Ferrer Head to Head stats.
So far this fortnight Murray has taken out Alexander Zverev, Sam Groth, Joao Sousa, and Bernard Tomic, surrendering only one set to Sousa in the process. Ferrer has bounced back from disappointments in Doha and Auckland to completely dismantle his first four Melbourne opponents. Nobody–not Peter Gojowyczk, Lleyton Hewitt, Steve Johnson, and not even John Isner–even pushed the 33-year-old Spaniard to a tiebreaker.
“He obviously works extremely hard,” Murray said of his veteran opponent. “He’s in good shape. He fights so hard in every single match. He’s been rewarded for that with an unbelievably consistent career at the top of the game. This year he’s made some changes to his racquet, as well, which would suggest that he’s still trying to improve and trying to learn and do different things. Yeah, all credit to him.”
“He’s playing really good,” Ferrer said of Murray. “The last year he finish No. 2 of the world. He’s playing more aggressive. He [has improved] his forehand. So I need have a good day; play aggressive. If possible, (it) will be a long match.”
This is a bad matchup for the underdog, as Murray does all of the same things he does and does all of them better. Ferrer is playing well enough and will always fight hard enough to steal a set, but Murray should cruise.
Prediction – Murray in four sets
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