David Ferrer has won his 11th consecutive match following his success in Paris last week by out-muscling Juan Martin del Potro in the World Tour Finals. The Spaniard won 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and now faces Roger Federer who he has beaten him 13 consecutive times.
The gutsy Spaniard covered some serious ground as the powerful Del Potro struggled to outmaneuver David. Delpo had multiple chances but failed to take advantage of them and quickly found himself trailing 2-5 as David rode the wave of form that saw him capture the Paris Masters 1000 title over the weekend.
Ferrer pounced on every short ball from the lanky Argentine. Delpo’s only way to beat the Spaniard was with the lethal combination of power and placement.
Finally Del Potro edged in front with a break and a 3-1 lead in the second set after being forced to defend multiple break point chances on his own serve. The break seemed to boost Delpo’s confidence, his serve increasingly frequently finding its mark and doing damage.
Some ripping winners saw the always understated Argentine force a third set. Finally Del Potro started to look like he not only believed he could win but wanted to win – a stark contrast to his body language in the first set.
After his blister issues in the early part of the second set Juan Martin, the sleeping giant, seemed to wake.
Ferrer and his forehand were more than willing to rise to the occasion, David racing to a 3-0 lead.
A missed opportunity in the fifth game by Juan Martin meant that Ferrer took a comfortable 4-1 lead.
A huge effort and burst of power for Delpo got him back into the set at 3-4. Ferrer clung on and then refusing to allow the match to continue any longer, breaking to love to close out the match for his 11th consecutive win.
Given the blisters Juan Martin had and his history of wrist issues it will be interesting to see if the crowd get to see Delpo play Federer given that he now has a loss against his name in the round robin tournament.
Now Ferrer needs to try harness his never-ending depth of energy and snap his losing streak against Federer.