Ferrer could cause ATP Finals upset

The ATP World Tour Finals may witness a shock champion this year after fourth-seed David Ferrer continued his excellent run of form at the Valencia Open 500 in late October.
Much like Petra Kvitova at the 2011 WTA Championships, Ferrer heads into the ATP Finals this November with the betting suggesting he had nothing more than an outside chance of claiming the season-ending title.
Yet, like Kvitova, there is a sense this could be Ferrer’s year after the Spaniard continued his remarkable season by capturing a career-high sixth ATP World Tour title at the Valencia.
Ferrer was the top seed heading into the event and breezed through the early rounds before seeing off Ivan Dodig over three sets in the semi-finals. A day later, the Spaniard overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1 3-6 6-4 to lift the Valencia trophy for a record third time.
His speed and power on court appears to be unaffected by 10 months of gruelling tennis and the world number five is fast creeping up on fellow countrymen Rafael Nadal for the status of Spanish number one.
With Nadal out of the ATP Finals, Ferrer is expected to be placed with world number two Novak Djokovic for the round-robin stage of the competition, which starts in London on 5 November. If he can avoid an upset from two of the four competitors ranked below him, Ferrer should make it through to the semi-finals where Roger Federer or Andy Murray await.
Ferrer will be outsider in the Betfair tennis odds for that encounter but it needs to be remembered that he beat Murray over four sets at Roland Garros in the spring. And although he lost his only match to Federer this season 4-6 4-6 in Madrid, he will be confident of causing an upset against either player this autumn.
If he can replicate the form that has seen him lift six tour titles this year, Ferrer will not be a surprise name in the ATP Final showdown come London.
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