For the third consecutive week in a row, Andy Murray and David Ferrer will meet for an opportunity to further their qualification bid for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Having split their previous two meetings, this will serve as the rubber match between the two this season. Of their previous encounters, Murray leads the head-to-head series 8-6, including wins in their last two of their last three meetings.
Third seed Andy Murray maintained his bid for London when he rallied from a set down to defeat Kevin Anderson 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-final round of the Valencia Open. Sitting at No, 8 in the Race to London, Murray’s recent performances (winning 16 of his last 18 matches) put him quite close to Tomas Berdych at No. 7.
Top seed David Ferrer had a much easier route to the semi-final in Valencia, as he got past Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final four of the tournament. The contest lasted a total of 67 minutes, and saw the Spaniard win 80% of his first service points and save all three break points he faced on serve to secure the win.
This is the 15th time that Murray and Ferrer will cross paths on the professional tour, with Murray leading the series 8-6. The Scot will be looking for redemption and an opportunity to cement his chances at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by maintaining his lead over Ferrer in the Race to London. While the Spaniard is more than capable of earning the victory, Murray will likely add to his title win last week with another victory over Ferrer.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets