Performance footwear brand Lotto finds itself on a surprise trip to the 2013 French Open title match thanks to Spain’s David Ferrer, who, at age 31, earned a trip to his first-ever Grand Slam final after beating hometown hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinal round earlier today in Paris.

Facing a player who he’s beaten two out of three times before in Tsonga, Ferrer controlled the tempo of the match from the opening serve, and never let up. After taking the first set in convincing fashion, Ferrer went on to show his quick footwork and tenacity, beating Tsonga in straight sets (6-1, 7-6, 6-2).

Ferrer’s Lotto Raptor Ultra IV Speed aren’t the prettiest looking shoes seen this year at Roland Garros, but when it comes to performance, they can handle their own. The shoe offers a high level of cushioning and support thanks to a slightly concaved outsole called ReactiveArch that lets the shoe move naturally with the foot.

Despite his incredible run on the clay, things only get tougher for Ferrer and his Lottos from here on out. Because up next is King of Clay, and fellow Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, who punched his ticket to the French Open final after beating Novak Djokovic earlier today.

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