David Ferrer is one step closer to earning his next title…
The 31-year-old Spanish tennis player beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-4 in 70 minutes to reach the finals of the Portugal Open.
Ferrer, who will be playing in his 37th final, will face off against Stanislas Wawrinka for the clay title after the Swiss player ended the run of Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Ferrer was the picture of efficiency in the defeat of his Italian opponent, with the Spaniard now in the hunt for his 21st career trophy.
“It’s good to get to the final here, I’ve always dreamed of winning this title, there is so much history at this tournament,” said Ferrer, who leads the ATP this season with match wins on 28 with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal trailing behind with 26.
Ferrer, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, holds a 5-0 match record over Seppi, who didn’t hold his serve until the second set. He’s won two titles already this season, in New Zealand and Argentina.
Meanwhile Wawrinka ended the Cinderella run of Carreno-Busta, the 21-year-old Spaniard player currently ranked No. 228.
Carreno-Busta has had a solid run on the lower-level Futures and Challenger circuits and has won 50 matches already this season. He was playing his first semi-final at the ATP level at his fourth tour-level event.