Ferrer tops Jurgen to earn spot in final
David Ferrer defeated seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard will bid for his 12th career title against either top-ranked Rafael Nadal or third-seeded Andy Murray in the final. They were to play their semifinal later Saturday.
Ferrer sealed the win when Melzer, who beat 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, tried a crosscourt winner and the ball looped out after clipping the net.
Ferrer was a semifinalist at the Australian Open. He has won two titles this year - on hard courts in Auckland, New Zealand, and clay in Acapulco, Mexico.