Sports

Expect Kei Nishikori & David Ferrer For 2015 Barcelona Open Finals

Expect Kei Nishikori & David Ferrer For 2015 Barcelona Open Finals

kei nishikori vs david ferrer 2015 barcelona open finals

The 2015 ATP Barcelona event continued on Friday with four quarterfinal matches producing four semifinalists. The day of action, which saw a Spaniard compete in each match, is now complete and there were a couple of upsets.

But one match that did not result in an upset included tournament favorite Kei Nishikori, the defending champion in Barcelona. Nishikori dropped one set against Roberto Bautista Agut however the other two sets were not competitive. Nishikori, top-seeded in Barcelona, advanced to the semifinals behind a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 quarterfinal win.

Japan’s top player will next face Martin Klizan, a player who upset veteran Spaniard Tommy Robredo on Friday in straight sets 7-6, 6-4. Klizan, though he entered this week ranked just 29th in the world, is a very talented player and he has to feel as though he has a chance to win the Barcelona event. In one career head-to-head meeting against Nishikori, it was Klizan that advanced as the two met in the opening round of the 2014 French Open. One thing to note with that result however is that the Japanese star was not at full health, a factor that certainly affected his play last season at Roland Garros.

While the top half of the draw saw two Spaniards falter on Friday, the bottom half saw two Spaniards advance. David Ferrer, seeded third in Barca, took out Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, a player who has been fairly quiet on tour of late. In the last semifinal Pablo Andujar, a modest clay courter, defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini. Fognini will likely be dismayed with his performance on Friday as he failed to back-up a big win over tournament favorite Rafael Nadal.

The line scores in the latter two matches were as follows:

[3] D. Ferrer d. [12] P. Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5
P. Andujar d. [13] F. Fognini 6-1, 6-3

kei nishikori with david ferrer bulge tennis barcelona 2015

With the draw as it is, the most likely final would feature Nishikori and Ferrer. Between the two it is the Japanese star who has the winning record at 7-4, although Ferrer won their most recent match at ATP Acapulco not long ago.

The Barcelona event, part of the 500-series on tour, is part of the build up to the French Open, an event that’s scheduled to start in late May. ATP Barcelona also precedes both the Madrid Masters and the Rome Masters, tournaments in the 1000-series that will be played later this spring.

Sports
@GrandSlambert77

Shane is a sports writer with a big interest in tennis, but he's also a noted writer about travel and fiction. Plus he can handle long walks in the cold Canadian tundra!

More in Sports

Was Madison Keys Trolled after Exit from 2017 Miami Open 2017 images

Was Madison Keys Trolled after Exit from 2017 Miami Open?

Shane LambertMarch 29, 2017
devin booker 70 points doesn't help suns against celtics 2017 images

Devin Booker’s 70 points doesn’t help Suns against Celtics

Chris MauriceMarch 27, 2017
tony romo trying fantasy conference again hoping nfl doesn't stop it 2017 images

Tony Romo trying fantasy conference again hoping NFL doesn’t block it

Chris MauriceMarch 27, 2017
roger goodell critical of oakland raiders move 2017 images

Roger Goodell critical of Oakland Raiders move

Chris MauriceMarch 27, 2017
Will Montreal Canadiens or Toronto Maple Leafs end 'The Canadian Slump' 2017 images

Will Montreal Canadiens or Toronto Maple Leafs end ‘The Canadian Slump’?

Shane LambertMarch 26, 2017
martellus bennett doesn't need video on nfl celebrations he knows how to party 2017 images

Martellus Bennett doesn’t need video on NFL celebrations, he knows how to party

Chris MauriceMarch 26, 2017
Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby   NHL Hart Memorial MVP Race Heats Up 2017 images

Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby – NHL Hart Memorial MVP Race Heats Up

Shane LambertMarch 25, 2017
roger goodell vows less nfl commercials 2017 images

Roger Goodell vows less NFL commercials

Chris MauriceMarch 23, 2017
donald trump weighs in on colin kaepernicks nfl future

Donald Trump weighs in on Colin Kaepernick’s NFL future

Chris MauriceMarch 22, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription