Ferrer reaches the Rome Masters final as Verdasco runs out of gas!

David Ferrer is through to the final of the Rome Masters after a straight sets victory over compatriot Fernando Verdasco.

The world number 17 sealed his 7-5 6-3 victory in an hour and a half to reach his first Masters final.

The 13th seed was 5-1 down in the first set but rallied to win it as Verdasco faded.

 Ferrer was able to take advantage of a sluggish Verdasco who had fought his way to a marathon 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-4 quarter-final victory over world number two Novak Djokovic a day earlier.

However, the world number nine, who has reached the final of his last two tournaments – losing to Nadal in Monte Carlo two weeks ago and beating Robin Soderling to win the Barcelona Open last weekend – seized the initiative in the first set.

But he then lost his composure and a number of unforced errors entered his game as he lost six straight games to give Ferrer the set and control of the match.

The second set was more straightforward for the superior Ferrer who has not dropped a set this week and leads the tour with 23 wins on clay this season.

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