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And Then There Were 4

by Kenny Ducey
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Djokovic, Ferrer advance to semis on Day 11

The semifinals are set for Saturday afternoon; after Berdych and Murray advanced yesterday to set up one matchup, David Ferrer and Novak Jokovic moved on today, but for Ferrer it didn’t come easy.

He fell behind 2-1 after dropping the 2nd and 3rd sets, but rallied to take it in a 5th-set tiebreak 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4). While the Spaniard only won 4/15 break points, he managed 15 aces to hold serve more than his opponent.
 
The Djokovic-Del Potro showdown looked like it would be a long one after Del Potro looked ready to take the second set, up 5-3. Djokovic managed a comeback, and won a grueling set filled with thrilling points and precise winners. He went on to take it 6
 
Speaking of winners, Novak Djokovic hit 43 to put away a hustling Del Potro on several key occasions.
 
"It was a straight-set win, but it was a much closer than the score indicated," said Djokovic.
 
While Del Potro had the support of the fans, and gave them something to yell about after a few great shots, the memory of the crowd will be the only one he takes away from this evening.
 
Djokovic and Ferrer will play for a spot in Sunday’s Final on Saturday.

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