David Ferrer crashed what would have been another #1 vs #2 party setting up an improbable final at the 2013 BNP Paribas Masters at the Palais Omnisports of Bercy in Paris, France.
David Ferrer of Spain reacts after defeating fellow countryman Rafael Nadal in their semi final match at the Paris Masters men's singles tennis tournament at the Palais Omnisports of Bercy in Paris
Ferrer pulled off the surprise in the semifinal round against compatriot and world number one Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 7-5 up a championship date in Paris with world number two Novak Djokovic, who defeated Roger Federer in the other final four match.
Although Ferrer is 5-to-1 underdog against Djokovic and trails the 26-year-old Serbian, 10-5 in 15 head-to-head matches, the 31-year-old Spaniard can draw inspiration from his huge win against Nadal in the semis where was nearly a 7-to-1 underdog.
Djokovic has won four straight matches against Ferrer. The last time the Spaniard won against Novak was in 2011 at the round robin stage of the ATP World Tour Finals.
The last two matches were in the semifinals of two majors in the past two years. Djokovic beat Ferrer at the 2012 U.S. Open with a score of 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, and then at the 2013 Australian Open to the tune of 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
The road to this BNP final was a relatively easy one for Djokovic with wins over Pierre-Hughes Herbert, 6-2, 6-2, in the Round of 32; John Isner, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2, in the Round of 16; Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarters and Federer in the final four.
Ferrer, meanwhile, had to go through Lukas Rosol, (6-0, 2-6, 6-3) in the Round of 32; Giles Simon (6-2, 6-3) in the Round of 16; Tomas Berdych (4-6, 7-5, 6-3) in the quarterfinals, and Nadal in the semis.
Ferrer is the current defending champion after winning the 2012 BNP Paribas Masters title versus Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 6-3, in 2012. The Spaniard is aiming to become the first and only back-to-back champions in Paris.
2013 BNP Paribas Masters Final Live Streaming and Schedule
Nov 4 (Monday) - 12:00 midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Novak Djokovic (SER) vs. David Ferrer (SPA)
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