Nishikori-Ferrer de nuevo en Madrid

Mutua Madrid Open Tenis, Tenis masculino

David Ferrer followed in Rafa Nadal’s footsteps and is now through to his seventh Mutua Madrid Open quarter-final. In order to seal his place he was forced to come back from behind against the Fernando Verdasco in front of a vocal crowd in the Manolo Santana Stadium. The Alicante native beat his Madrid counterpart 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 after 2 hours and 27 minutes of play. This result marks the ninth straight victory for Ferrer over his fellow Spaniard, however, unlike the three previous encounters between the two men and despite being defeated, Verdasco looked like a real contender this time thanks to his strong service game and his dominance during large spells of the clash. Even so, he was unable to keep up that high level of tenacity throughout the match.

The outcome of this all-Spanish showdown, coupled with Roberto Bautista’s 6-3, 6-3 defeat at the hands of last year’s runner-up, Kei Nishikori, means there will be another instalment of what has become one of the circuit’s truly intriguing match-ups over the past few months. The Japanese player and Ferrer will relive their fantastic semi-final encounter from last year in the Caja Mágica, which to date is the only time they have faced each other on clay. This will be the third time both men have battled it out in 2015. In their last meeting, in Acapulco, the Spaniard managed to put an end to a five-match losing streak against the Asian, who, nonetheless, continues to hold the upper hand in the head-to-head between the players, with 7 wins to 4.David Ferrer ha seguido el camino de Rafa Nadal y ha alcanzado por séptima vez los cuartos de final en el Mutua Madrid Open. Para ello ha tenido que remontar en un partido que ha podido disfrutar el público del Estadio Manolo Santana a Fernando Verdasco. El alicantino ha vencido al madrileño por 5-7, 6-3 y 6-4 después de 2 horas y 27 minutos. El resultado supone el noveno triunfo consecutivo de Ferrer sobre su compatriota, pero, a diferencia de los tres anteriores y a pesar de la derrota, Verdasco ha rendido a un alto nivel gracias a su servicio y a su dominio en buena parte de las intercambios, aunque no ha podido mantener esta tendencia hasta el final.

Este marcador, unido a la derrota por un doble 6-3 del castellonense Roberto Bautista ante el subcampeón de Madrid Kei Nishikori, supondrá una nueva edición del que ya se ha convertido en un clásico del circuito en los últimos meses. El japonés y Ferrer reeditarán su gran encuentro de semifinales del año pasado en la Caja Mágica, único duelo hasta el momento en tierra batida entre ellos. Será la tercera ocasión en la que se enfrenten en 2015. En el último cruce, en la final de Acapulco, el español consiguió parar la que era hasta entonces una racha de cinco victorias consecutivas del asiático, quien, no obstante, sigue dominando el cara a cara particular por 7 triunfos frente a 4.