Mr Modesty eases his way towards history
This week marks David Ferrer’s ninth appearance in Auckland. After three consecutive wins at the Heineken Open, our reigning champion will be eyeing up the record books as he looks to equal the great Roy Emerson’s record of four Auckland victories.
The world no.5 had an incredible past year winning seven titles which made him the most successful man on the ATP tour. Ferrer had a decisive victory yesterday in his quarterfinal against Lukas Lacko where he won in straight sets 6-2 6-1.
“I am more confident in my game today. I played better than yesterday. I received better and I didn’t make as many mistakes.”
The top seed will face wildcard Gael Monfils in the second semifinal today. Monfils had a tight three-setter against third seed Tommy Haas last night .The Frenchman is looking forward to the “massive challenge” that Ferrer presents.
“My confidence is coming back and whatever happens I will compete and fight and try my best. With me you never know what will happen,” said Monfils.
The other semifinal features second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber up against fourth seed Sam Querrey. The American is renowned for his big serve and forehand but he knows that he must up his game.
“I’m going to need to return a little better, and take a few more chances on some second serve returns.”
Kohlschreiber is more than aware that he will need to watch out for Querrey’s killer serve.
“I think I’ll have a good chance of beating him through good quality of play from the baseline. If he serves well I’ll have to wait for my chances.”