ATP Valencia Open 2013 SF: David Ferrer vs Nicolas Almagro Preview

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An all-Spanish semi-final match-up is set for tomorrow afternoon in the Valencia Open as World No. 3 David Ferrer (Player Profile) meets Nicolas Almagro (Player Profile) for a place in the finals. It is the 14th time they meet on the tour, with Ferrer holding a perfect 13-0 record against his younger countryman. See all the Ferrer v Almagro Head to Head matches.

The top-seeded Ferrer rallied to reach the semi-finals in Valencia, needing three sets to defeat Polish youngster Jerzy Janowicz earlier today. After a slip-up in the second set, the Spaniard returned to form in the third to win the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in exactly 100 minutes.It was his first three set match this tournament, after quick matches against Gael Mofils and Julien Benneteau. This is a great confidence booster for Ferrer following his failed attempt to win a third title last week in Stockholm. Having clinched a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals in November, Ferrer is currently looking to increase his confidence and win another title heading into the year-end championships.

Spanish no. 2 Nicolas Almagro defeated Itay’s Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-2 earlier today to reachthe semi-finals. Almagro, who won the Valencia title in 2006 and 2007, played a tight first set, but after he edged out the first set tiebreak, it was smooth sailings from there on. He is still carries a small hope of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month as he still has the Paris Masters to play next week.

This is the 14th time these two competitors will meet on the tour, with Almagro yet to topple his fellow countryman. Their last two meeting were in the quarter-finals in Valencia last year and a five-set contest at the Australian Open. Ferrer has not been as dominant on the tour as in 2012, with his 1-9 record against top 10 competition this season, but his perfect record over Almagro will likely hang heavy over Nicolas during the match and will likely lead to yet another expected result.

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