David Ferrer is the second Spaniard to qualify for the World Tour Finals and the world number five is making his third appearance in the season ending event.

He made the final in 2007, losing to Roger Federer but lost all of his three round robin clashes last year.

Ferrer started the year off well winning the Auckland event defeating David Nalbandian in the final before reaching the semis of the Australian Open. He defeated compatriot Rafael Nadal in the quarts before falling to Andy Murray in the semis.

He then fell first round at Rotterdam to Jarkko Nieminen before defending his Acapulco title defeating Nicolas Almagro in the final.

The Spanish number two then fell in his match at Indian Wells to Ivo Karlovic before reaching the quarters at Miami to fellow tour finalist Mardy Fish.

The move to the European clay courts saw more success for the Spaniard. He was runner up in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to Rafael Nadal before losing to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of Madrid. He was also a quarter finalist in Nice losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The world number five then made two fourth round appearances at Roland Garros and Wimbledon both times losing to Frenchmen. In Paris he lost to Gael Monfils in five sets and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon.

Ferrer responded with his five final appearance of the season in Bastad, losing to Robin Sodering in the final. He then played only one lead up event to the US Open, in Cincinnati where he lost to Gilles Simon in the third round. Ferrer made his third fourth round grand slam performance of the year after he couldn’t pass Andy Roddick, falling in four sets, in the US Open.

After the US Open Ferrer had a successful Asian Swing losing to Andy Murray in the semis in Beijing before again falling to the Brit in the final in Shanghai.

The Spaniard has also finished off the year strongly making a semi final appearance at his home tournament in Valencia before reaching the quarters in Paris.

Up first the Spaniard Andy Murray with the Brit leading 5-3. Murray has one there last four meetings including one last year in the round robin stage and has not been defeated by the Spaniard on a hard court. Also in Group A is Novak Djokovic, who leads their head to head record 6-4 and Tomas Berdych with Ferrer leading their career meetings 5-2 though the pair have only meet once since 2007.

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About Courtney Rees

Sports media graduate working in online news. This is becoming my sporting outlet

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