David Ferrer put on a beautiful performance today against Jurgen Melzer to claim his place in the finals of the Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo. Ferrer is a well known clay court specialist and he displayed his greater skill in the process of beating Melzer 6-3, 6-2.
Jurgen got an early break racing to a 3-1 lead before the inside out forehand of David really found its range allowing him to level at 3-3 and then deny Melzer any further games in the set.
Again Ferrer struggled in his opening service game in the second set but the Spaniard broke to love to go ahead 3-2 in a lead that proved decisive as it increasingly appeared that Jurgen was unable to hold serve. A wild forehand return from the Austrian gave Ferrer match point after an hour and 14 minutes. While Jurgen fought on briefly Ferrer closed out the semifinal match 6-3, 6-2.
At the time of going to press Andy Murray was being given additional time to warm up for his match against Rafael Nadal. Apparently Murray had a sore elbow and was considering withdrawing from the tournament. So David will likely have to face the King of Clay Rafael Nadal in the finals.
If anyone has the stamina to stick with a healthy Rafa its Ferrer who is well known for his grinding abilities. Ferrer recently beat an injured Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open but on clay against a seemingly healthy world number one may be a totally different story as Nadal goes in search of his seventh consecutive Monte Carlo title.