It’s a long way from Spain, but thirtysomething countrymen David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez will meet for the Kuala Lumpur title Sunday.
The top-seeded Ferrer upended Benjamin Becker in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Lopez took care of Nick Kyrgios 7-6(2), 7-6(5).
“Today I didn’t serve so well, but the most important thing is I was good in my mind and I’m very focused,” said Ferrer who is in his 50th career ATP final. “Tomorrow my return and my first serve will be very important. Feliciano is playing very good the last couple of months. I need to play with my forehand and make him move.”
Ferrer leads Lopez 8-6 most recently beating the lefty in Acapulco last year.
“We usually go three sets,” Lopez said of the match. “But considering the level I’m playing at now I still think I’m playing better myself than I was playing in February.”
Ferrer has 24 career ATP titles, Lopez, who made the US Open quarterfinals, has 4. Ferrer also bolsters his chances in the ATP Race for London in which he is ranked 8th.
In Shenzhen, rain washed about any semifinal play. Tomas Berdych was to play Tommy Robredo and Marin Cilic was to face Guillermo Garcia Lopez.
The tournament will try to play both rounds Sunday.
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