Ferrer faces Kohlschreiber for fourth Heineken Open title

Associated Press
1/10/2013 11:34:59 PM
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- David Ferrer has a chance to win a fourth Heineken Open tennis title Saturday when he meets Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final.

Top-seeded Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-2 in barely 50 minutes Friday to claim his place in the final. He now has the opportunity to match the record of Australian tennis great Roy Emerson by winning the Auckland title four times, including three-straight championships.

Second-seeded Kohlschreiber had a much tougher task to reach the final, having to tame the powerful serve of fourth-seeded American Sam Querrey before winning 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Kohlschreiber will be attempting to win in Auckland for the second time after claiming the 2008 singles crown.

Ferrer's path to the final was eased by the fact Monfils had to battle another of the injuries that have recently plagued his career. Monfils' ranking dropped to 99 during 2012 as he contended with a series of injury setbacks and he needed a wild card to make the Auckland main draw.

"It was bad luck for Gael," Ferrer said. "He was tired after the match yesterday (against Haas).

Monfils' injury does not appear likely to threaten his Australian Open campaign.

"David is an incredible player and today I was very tired," Monfils said. "Against a player like that he's very powerful and it's very physical."

Kohlschreiber broke Querrey in the third game of the first set and took the set in 26 minutes. After a service break apiece, Kohlschreiber swept to a 6-0 lead in the second set tiebreak and closed out the set in 42 minutes.

"I have to say it was a really great match from my side," Kohlschreiber said. "I played unbelievable."

David Ferrer (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


(Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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