Rejuvenated Ferrero cruises into final

August 20th, 2006  
Team Infidel

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CINCINNATI: Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero continued his recent resurgence to ease past fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-4 and reach the final of the Cincinnati Masters on Saturday.

Ferrero, who beat second seed Rafael Nadal in the previous round, punched the air in delight after clinching victory to reach his first final of the year.
The Spaniard, who has not won a title since the Madrid Masters in 2003, will meet either former world number one Andy Roddick or Chilean 13th seed Fernando Gonzalez in Sunday's final.
"It's a great feeling," Ferrero said.
"I had confidence that I could win this match but maybe not in two sets. It was a little bit easier than I thought because Tommy is playing pretty good and won yesterday a very good match against Ljubicic, who is a specialist on hardcourts."
After winning the French Open and reaching the US Open in 2003, Ferrero climbed to the top of the world rankings.
But he was soon hit by illness and injury and slid down the rankings.
The Spaniard's ranking plummeted to 98th in February last year but since then he has steadily worked his way back.
By beating James Blake, Rafael Nadal and Robredo to reach the final this week, the 26-year-old will move back inside the world's top 20 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
"I went so down in the rankings and it is very tough to come back because you always play seeded players in the first rounds," he said.
"You work so hard and week by week you are not getting that result, so you think that it never is going to come.
"But I've been very, very positive in the last three or four months to get the results.

"I'm moving very well. I didn't have any problem in the whole week, any pain. So physically I felt 100 percent. For a long time now, I have been feeling pretty good physically."
Seventh seed Robredo broke to lead 2-1 in the first set but Ferrero broke back immediately -- the first time Robredo had lost serve all week -- and then repeated the feat in the eighth game before serving out for the first set.
Robredo had treatment for a groin injury and though his movement seemed unaffected, Ferrero always looked the stronger and broke in the ninth game before serving out for victory.
"I knew that running and running, it will be so tough for me," Robredo said.
"Even like that, I had chances. I had my break point (for 5-3) and maybe if I got that break point... then maybe he would have got nervous and missed a few points."
The world number 31 will meet either American ninth seed Andy Roddick or Chilean 13th seed Fernando Gonzalez in Sunday's final.

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