Fifth seed David Ferrer takes on 10th seed Kei Nishikori in the second semi-final of the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open at the Estadio Manolo Santana, Spain, on Saturday.
Where to Watch Live
The match is set to begin a t 6pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3 HD. Real-time internet updates and the live streaming link are available on the ATP official website.
Ferrer overcame Ernests Gulbis to secure a place in the last four of the 2014 Madrid Masters. The 32-year-old was given a tough fight by the Latvian in the first set but managed to clinch it in the tiebreaker, 7-6 (3). The Spaniard enjoyed a relatively easier second set and won 6-3, in a game that lasted 100 minutes.
Nishikori, who won the 2014 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell last month, extended his winning record to nine matches on clay this year after beating Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinal on Friday.
The 24-year-old took 90 minutes to beat the 32-year-old Spaniard 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. Nishikori will become the first Japanese player to break into the top 10 of the ATP rankings following this victory.
The winner of this game will face the winner of the match between defending champion Rafael Nadal and his compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the final on Sunday.
Ferrer will be eager to set up a final against one of his compatriots while Nishikori will be keen on causing an upset and prevent an all-Spanish final.
Route to Semi-finals
- First Round: Bye
- Second Round: 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-3 v Albert Ramos
- Third Round: 6-4, 6-4 v John Isner
- Quarterfinal: 7-6 (3), 6-3 v Ernests Gulbis
- First Round: 6-4, 6-4 v Ivan Dodig
- Second Round: 6-3, 6-1 vGuillermo Garcia-Lopez
- Third Round: 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) v Milos Raonic
- Quarterfinal: 6-4, 6-4 v Feliciano Lopez
Ferrer and Nishikori are tied at 3-3 in overall meetings between the two. They have faced each other twice in Grand Slam events and both have triumphed once on each occasion.
Ferrer holds a 3-2 lead against Nishikori in the last five meetings.
Mutua Madrid Open History
Ferrer and Nishikori are facing each other for the first time in Madrid.