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Saturday, 16 November, 2002, 09:45 GMT
Ferrero edges past Moya
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Moya could not shake off the tenacious Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero held his nerve against his Spanish compatriot Carlos Moya to reach the Masters Cup final.

Ferrero lost the first set on a tie-break, but earned his reward for some tenacious play and came back to triumph 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-4.

Moya, unbeaten before the match, displayed both sides of his game as he produced some awesome power serving - but also a high number of unforced errors.

Both players came out firing at the New Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

Ferrero was happy to pound away from the back of the court, while Moya showed a willingness to come to the net on the rare occasions he was given a short ball.

The 22-year-old Ferrero looked headed for the opening set when he took a 5-2 lead, but two games later he double-faulted to allow Moya to break back.

The 26-year-old Moya then forced a tie-break and after both men had exchanged break points the more experienced player took the set with an ace.

Ferrero was stung into action and he broke Moya in the opening game of the second set before holding to win it 6-4 and level the match.

Both men produced some sublime tennis in the deciding set, before Ferrero broke in the seventh game.

He served for the match at 5-4 and survived some searching questions from Moya to wrap up the match with a deft drop volley.

Ferrero kept up his good record against Moya, picking up his eighth win in 11 encounters against his fellow Spaniard.

He will now face Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, who beat him in the Masters Cup semi-finals in Sydney last year.

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