Spain’s David Ferrer and British No. 1 Andy Murray will meet for the second time in as many weeks and the 14th time on the ATP World Tour. Of their previous encounters, Murray leads the head-to-head series 7-6, including wins in their last two of their last three meetings. He will be out for redemption after losing to the Spaniard in the third round of the Shanghai Masters last week.
The top seed reached his first final in Vienna with a close three-set battle against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Ferrer rallied back from a break down in the deciding set to earn the 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3) win over the German in 2 hours and 27 minutes. He will now look to secure his second title win of the season.
“I’m very happy,” said Ferrer. “It’s my first final here in Vienna and because the match was very close. I am also fighting in the [Emirates ATP] Race To London. In the tie-break, he was more dangerous than I was but in the important moments he also maybe got tight. In tie-breaks, you sometimes get lucky.”
Placed in a compelling semi-final encounter, Andy Murray defeated Viktor Troicki with a 6-4, 6-3 score line to reach the final in Vienna. The Scot needed less than 85 minutes to dispatch the Serbian competitor, and although he played a relatively straightforward encounter, he was broken once during the match. He converted four breaks of serve and fired two aces en route to the win.
This is the 14th time that Murray and Ferrer will cross paths on the professional tour, with Murray leading the series 7-6. 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 snatch this one.
“I have played David a lot,” said Murray. “He is a tough player who has been at the top of the game for a long time now. He never gives you anything.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets