After two years without any professional encounters between them, Roger Federer and David Ferrer’s fates have now been intertwined on two consecutive weeks on the ATP World Tour. Following their semi-final meeting at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, the two will now meet in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Ferrer is hoping to lift the crown for the first time, while Federer is hunting fro his sixth title at this Masters 1000 event.
The Spaniard has lost every previous encounter against the 17-time Grand Slam champion, giving Federer a daunting 15-0 record. Check out all the Federer vs Ferrer Head to Head matches.
World No. 3 Roger Federer produced another comfortable showing in his semi-final match-up on Saturday night, defeating Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3 to set up the final showdown against Ferrer. Federer was in command of the contest from the start and was rarely troubled on his serve. In fact, he won all his service points in the opening set (88% overall in the match) and then clinched the decisive break late in the second set to close out the match in 68 minutes.
“It’s great for the confidence to switch from clay to grass to hard courts and keep on playing well. I’ve had a very complete season so far,” Federer told ESPN. “This is my eighth final of the season. I hope I can win another final here.”
Sixth seed David Ferrer was also gifted with a comfortable match in the semi-final, as he dispatched France’s Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2 to secure his spot in the tournament final. The Spaniard struck 20 winners, won 75% of his first service points and saved the lone break point he faced on his serve.
“Of course I am in a good moment,” said Ferrer. “I am in my first final this year in a Masters 1000, so I’m happy for that. (I take it) step by step and focus for tomorrow.”
This marks the 15th time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Federer leading the series with a dominant, unblemished 15-0 record against Ferrer. Nine of those wins took place on hard courts, including his three-set victory in Toronto last week, which happened to be a surprisingly competitive contest. While it is still unlikely that Ferrer will claim the title on Sunday, he could make this a more interesting match-up that most expect, particularly since Federer will be affected by playing a late match on Saturday night.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets