David Ferrer storms past Monfils to reach first ATP final in 2013
World No. 5 David Ferrer needed only 49 minutes to get past Gael Monfils in the semi-final of the Heineken Open in Auckland, qualifying for his first ATP final in 2013. Although the Spaniard had lost all three previous matches against his French rival, Ferrer won 89 percent of his serve points and broke Monfils four times to set up a final clash against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
"For me it is better to have won in two sets and be able to rest for tomorrow," said the four-time Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell runner-up. "It will be fast and flat and lots of power with his serves."
The 30-year-old Spaniard is aiming to win a record fourth title at the ATP World Tour 250 Event in New Zealand. Putting together a career-best season in 2012 as he led the ATP World Tour with 7 titles (in 8 finals) and 76 match wins, Ferrer beat tomorrow's rival in their most recent meeting at the Auckland quarter-finals last year.
World No. 19 Kohlschreiber, who lifted the Auckland trophy in 2008, clinched his last ATP World Tour title at the BMW Open in Munich last year in May, while Ferrer's last triumph came in Paris-Bercy in November, winning his first Master 1000 Event.