Re: Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand, 10–15 January 2011
Nalbandian, Ferrer To Face Off In Auckland Final
Auckland, New Zealand
by ATP Staff | 14.01.2011
David Ferrer is one win away from reclaiming the Auckland title. While his name created quite a stir 1,600 miles
away at Friday afternoon’s draw ceremony in Melbourne,
Argentine David Nalbandian was on-court in Auckland, booking his place in the Heineken Open final with
a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro.
The sixth-seeded Argentine, who was drawn to face Lleyton Hewitt in a first-round Australian Open clash
between 2002 Wimbledon finalists, converted three of six break points and denied Almagro’s four chances
to break serve during the one-hour, 25-minute match.
“I know that I have to play my tennis. If I play good and with confidence it’s tough for the opponents
so I have to keep going,” said Nalbandian, who has yet to drop a set this week.
With the victory, former World No. 3 Nalbandian advanced to his first final since winning the ATP World
Tour 500 title in his comeback tournament from a hamstring injury last summer in Washington. He will be
playing in his 22nd final (11-10 record) and his 10th on hard courts.
Nalbandian will face top seed and 2007 champion David Ferrer in the title match after the Spaniard
defeated unseeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 14 minutes. Ferrer broke
Giraldo to go up 6-5 in the second set before serving out the semi-final match, improving to a 15-5 tournament record.