No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 4 David Ferrer advanced to a semifinal meeting on Thursday at the US Open, where last year’s dominating Serb will meet the top grinder on tour. We’re envisioning four sets at the least — 3-1/2 hours?
Ferrer was up first, coming back from a break down in the fifth set to win 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) over Janko Tipsarevic in four hours and 31 minutes. That’s a light jog for Ferrer.
“It was a very emotional match, one of the best emotional matches of my career,” Ferrer said. “My opponent, he also deserved to win this match. In one tiebreak it’s a lottery, and I had luck in important moments. My respect to Janko Tipsarevic, because he’s playing really good and having a really good season the last year and this year also.”
Ferrer was treated for blisters on his feet after the match.
The Spaniard improved to 17-9 in career five-set matches. At 30 years of age, another 30 or 30+ age player thriving on tour, Ferrer is in the midst of his best career year with five titles on three different surfaces, advancing to the quarterfinals or better at all four Slams.
Djokovic had a less-taxing match, but a loooooooong three-setter in beating No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4.
“Even though it was straight sets win it was closer than that,” Djokovic said after the match. “We had played some incredible rallies and incredible points…I’m really happy to be in the semifinals. I tried to be close to the lines and move him around the court, I knew my chances if I moved him one to the other side of the court, and it worked well.”
Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Ferrer 8-5, winning both their meetings this year in straight sets at the Australian Open and Miami.
The doubles final will be the No. 2-seeded Bryan brothers, who defeated No. 9 Qureshi/Rojer in the semis, against No. 5 Leander Paes and Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, who beat the No. 6-seeded Spaniards Granollers/Lopez when they retired in the first set due to a Lopez calf strain.
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