In-form Ferrer wins again
David Ferrer extended his indoor winning streak to 11 matches with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
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The Spaniard recovered well from losing the second set and will meet Roger Federer in his second Group B clash on Thursday.
Ferrer came into the tournament as the form player in the field after winning titles in Valencia and Paris, his first Masters crown.
He has also won more matches and more titles on the ATP Tour than any other player and has the chance to overtake compatriot Rafael Nadal as world number four with a run to the final here.
He did not finish playing in Paris until Sunday afternoon but showed few signs of fatigue, racing into a 4-1 lead and forcing Del Potro to save two more break points in the next game.
The fourth seed's relentless game is renowned and it has not been a good match-up for Del Potro, who had not won a set off Ferrer in two previous meetings this season.
The Spaniard duly wrapped up the first set and Del Potro had to save four break points before finally holding to lead 2-1 in the second.
That provided the Argentinian, the only different face at the tournament from last year, with the spark he needed as he broke through in the next game.
Ferrer had the chance to hit back when Del Potro served for the set but the sixth seed dug in and levelled the match with the coolest of drop shots.
But parity lasted only as long as it took Ferrer to break for a 2-0 lead in the decider.
Del Potro had got his mighty forehand working and he fought back impressively to level at 4-4 but Ferrer seized his moment again when his opponent served to stay in the match.
The 30-year-old said: "I am always positive. I had one day to rest. I am playing with a lot of confidence in my game.
"I have never beaten Roger. I think I will have to play very aggressive all the time to have one chance to beat him."