World No. 3 David Ferrer is through to the final eight in Melbourne, but it was not without its tribulations throughout. The Spaniard had to battle past Germany’s Florian Mayer in a gruelling four set encounter to arrive at his fourth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final. Ferrer will next meet Tomas Berdych. The Ferrer vs Berdych head to head stands at 8-4.
It was certainly a shaky start from the third seed David Ferrer in the opening two sets. Ferrer allowed himself to be broken in the opening set but managed to recover in time to force an ensuing tiebreak. After losing the first set, Ferrer jumped to a 3-0 double break lead in the second set, yet squandered the lead in the following three games, before he eventually managed to recover in time to snatch the set. The Spaniard would win the remainder of the match with relative ease.
Ferrer won 74 per cent of his first serve points. He also managed 64 winners in the match to just 33 from Mayer.
“I am proud for that,” said Ferrer. “The last four or five years, I’ve played very good in the Grand Slams. I maintain[ed] a Top 10-[ranking]. So I’m very happy for that. I moved better and did less mistakes, and played with more power in the third and the fourth sets. Today was my best match of the week; in the next match I hope to play at a similar level.”
Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych held onto his undefeated streak against Kevin Anderson, as he thoroughly dominated their fourth round match-up 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in just under two hours to make his fourth consecutive quarter-final in Melbourne. The win brought their official head-to-head at 10-0 in favour of Berdych. The world No. 7 hit 4 aces and 37 winners to his 18 unforced errors as he dropped only seven games in his straight sets victory over Anderson. Berdych is yet to drop a set heading into his quarter-final clash against Ferrer.
In their 12 previous encounters on the professional tour, Ferrer has bested Berdych on eight separate occasions. While Berdych holds the most recent victory at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, that was ultimately due to Ferrer’s fatigue at that stage of the season and not to do with Berdych improvement on the court. This is the first time they meet under Grand Slam conditions and it will be interesting to see who will have the advantage in the latter stages of the match.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Five Sets