By Chris Oddo/ Saturday, October 19, 2013
David Ferrer will face Grigor Dimitrov in the finals of the IF Stockholm Open on Sunday.
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David Ferrer withstood a firm fight from Ernests Gulbis to reach his 40th career ATP final on Saturday at the IF Stockholm Open in Sweden, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In the pair's first meeting in over six years, and second all-time, Ferrer had to rally from a one-set deficit to prevail.
Gulbis took the first set despite falling behind a break in the fifth game. Ferrer, who failed to convert on eight break points in a 17-minute third game, looked to be in the driver's seat with the early lead, but Gulbis promptly broke back and reeled off the next three games to take the set when Ferrer netted a forehand on set point.
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Gulbis, bidding to reach his third ATP final of the season, drops to 3-5 against top ten competition for 2013.
Ferrer will bid to become the first Spanish winner in Stockholm on Sunday, when he meets Grigor Dimitrov in the final. Dimitrov rallied from a set down to take out World No. 25 Benoit Paire, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
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With Gulbis seemingly holding the momentum in the second set, Ferrer stormed back, breaking the Latvian to lead 3-1 in the second set. Though Gulbis would break to get back on serve in the seventh game of the second set, and even have two break points to go up 5-4, Ferrer would eventually take over, reeling off seven consecutive games at one point to win going away.
“I played my best match this week,” Ferrer said. “It was a very tough match. I ran and fought a lot. In the important moments I played better.”
After dropping the first set to Paire, Dimitrov converted on four of seven break points while not dropping serve to knock off the Frenchman in three sets. The Bulgarian avenged a four-set loss to Paire in the 2012 U.S. Open to reach his second final of 2013. He is still looking for his first carer title.
Ferrer owns a 3-0 career record against Dimitrov.