Spain’s David Ferrer saved three match points against injured Juan Carlos Ferrero to progress to the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters Thursday as impressive Andy Roddick also won.
Third seed Ferrer won the all-Spanish tie 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 after a major fright in the 10th game of the second set, where he was forced to dig deep to hold serve and prevent Ferrero from sealing the win in a match lasting two hours.
The win for Ferrer means he becomes the fifth player to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, featuring the world’s top eight singles players over the year.
“I served very well in important moments,” said the Spaniard, referring to how he saved the match points.
“I won this game, and after this game I made the break very fast. Maybe Juan Carlos, he was a little bit injured. Maybe in the third set it was more easy.”
Speaking about qualifying for the season-ending showpiece, Ferrer said: “I think this season I have played really good tennis. I am very consistent. Maybe it is my best year of my career. I think so.”
“This is what I have been fighting for all year,” continued Ferrer.
“I’ve had a great season with a lot of wins and I can’t wait to return to London. It is such a great event and it is so special to be among the top 8 players once again.
“The atmosphere is incredible there.”