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By Akshay Kohli
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Ferrer is chasing his 15th career title and he has a very inmpressive 24-4 win-loss record for the season so far. Ferrer also became the first contender on tour to win three titles this season. He triumphed in Auckland, Buenos Aires and Acapulco. Last season, Ferrer reached the final in Barcelona and fell to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is one of those players on tour who work hard and keep improving their game to constantly perform on tour and maintain their ranking. He would be aiming to put behind his shocking early round loss at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and doing well here. His previous round cliffhanger with Feliciano Lopez reaffirms his fighting qualities.
He faces Raonic, seeded eleventh here and chasing his third title of the season. The twenty one year old Raonic has a good 17-4 win-loss record for the season and he is bidding for his fourth career title. Many hailed this young Canadian as the next prodigy of tennis, as he has been improving with every tournament. Currently ranked as World No.25 in the ATP Rankings, but the way he has been playing of late, this Canadian can certainly break into Top 10 – by the end of this season. His victory over Nicolas Almagro has proved that he is not only a one-dimensional player, who is only good on the faster courts. His victory over Andy Murray in the quarterfinals must have stunned the crowd as he looks to progress further in the tournament.
The two have played thrice with all meetings coming last year. Ferrer won all three but this time it might be tougher as Raonic is in form and full of confidence.
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