Ferrer, Wawrinka to square off for Portugal title

Top seeds David Ferrer and Stanislas Wawrinka were semifinal winners Saturday and will meet for the title at the Portugal Open.

The top-seeded Ferrer polished off Italy's Andreas Seppi, 6-1, 6-4, after the second-seeded Wawrinka battled past Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Ferrer and Wawrinka have met 10 times previously, including Ferrer's three-set win in February's Buenos Aires final. The fourth-ranked Spaniard has now won seven of the matchups and owns a 5-1 mark against Wawrinka on clay.

The 16th-ranked Swiss star is trying for his fourth career title and first in 2013, while Ferrer has already won twice this year and will be gunning for his 21st career tournament crown.

Ferrer is 20-17 all-time in finals, including 2-2 this year. In addition to the Buenos Aires title, he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber for the Auckland championship in January and lost to Rafael Nadal in Acapulco and Andy Murray in Miami.

It took Ferrer just 68 minutes to advance past Seppi on Saturday, converting four of the eight break-point chances he had against the Italian.

Wawrinka had a little tougher on Saturday, taking nearly an extra 30 minutes to outlast Carreno-Busta. He ripped off 10 aces to the 21-year-old Spaniard's one and broke serve three times.

February's loss to Ferrer dropped Wawrinka's record to 3-7 in finals. He hasn't won a title since the opening week of the 2011 season in Chennai.

The 2013 Portugal Open winner will collect $96,000.