Federer v Ferrer – Match Preview

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Updated: August 17, 2014

Roger Federer will be entering the hard court surface of Cincinnati in a bid to win the Western & Southern Open Masters alongside a record 80th career title this Sunday evening.

It was only a week ago when Roger Federer was stunned by the French number 1, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the Rogers Cup final.

A week on from the defeat, the Swiss maestro enters his second Masters final within 7 days to face the almighty David Ferrer.

The 33-year-old has only conceded 2 sets in the route to the final knocking out Vasek Pospisil (CAN), Gael Monfils (FRA), Andy Murray (GBR) and Milos Raonic (CAN). Ferrer had to overcome Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS), Tommy Robredo (SPA) and Julien Benneteau (FRA) to reach the final.

The world number 6 has only triumphed once in the ATP Masters series, winning the 2012 Paris Masters from his opponent Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets. The Spaniard has appeared in 5 other Masters finals but only to finish as runner-up.

Federer has also never lost to the sixth-seeded in 15 meetings, the last coming a week ago in the Toronto quarter-finals (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).

The final between the two players takes place just over a week before the final Grand Slam of the year takes place in New York for the US Open (25th August). The winner of this Sunday’s Masters will certainly be a confidence boost ahead of a major tournament.

 

My Thoughts

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When looking at the head to head history between Federer and Ferrer when previewing this Masters final, there’s only one winner. With the Swiss maestro winning all of 15 meetings against the Spaniard I just see this final concluding with Ferrer still having a fact that he can’t beat Federer.

Federer has been so impressive in the last fortnight when including his campaign at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The guy has hardly shown any weaknesses when finding out that he has only conceded 2 sets in Cincinnati. The defeat to Tsonga last Sunday was a shock but knowing Federer, he has improved his game throughout the week against the likes of Murray and Raonic.

Straight away previewing this match I 110% predict Federer to take home his 80th career title due to his recent performances. If Ferrer was to win on Sunday it would have to be something amazing and a bigger shock than Tsonga’s Rogers Cup victory.

Federer to win his 80th career title.

 

Head to head history

2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada

Federer bt Ferrer (6-3, 4-6, 6-3)


2012 ATP World Tour Finals

Federer bt Ferrer (6-4, 7-6 (5)


2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid

Federer bt Ferrer (6-4, 6-4)


2011 ATP World Tour Finals

Federer bt Ferrer (7-5, 6-3)


2010 ATP World Tour Finals

Federer bt Ferrer (6-1, 6-4)


2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid

Federer bt Ferrer (7-5, 3-6, 6-3)


2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati

Federer bt Ferrer (3-6, 6-3, 6-4)


2007 Tennis Masters Cup China

Federer bt Ferrer (6-2, 6-3, 6-2)


2007 ATP Masters Series Hamburg

Federer bt Ferrer (6-3, 4-6, 6-3)


2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo

Federer bt Ferrer (6-4, 6-0)


2006 Basel, Switzerland

Federer bt Ferrer (6-3, 7-6(14)


2006 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo

Federer bt Ferrer (6-1, 6-3)


2006 ATP Masters Series Miami

Federer bt Ferrer (6-1, 6-4)


2005 Doha, Qatar

Federer bt Ferrer (6-1, 6-1)


2003 Vienna, Austria

Federer bt Ferrer (6-2, 6-2)


 

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