Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and
fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer were quarterfinal winners Thursday at the
The second-seeded Djokovic handled seventh-seeded Argentine slugger Juan
Martin del Potro 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 under the bright lights at Arthur Ashe
Djokovic is the reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champ. He beat Rafael
Nadal in last year's finale in Flushing and is also a two-time runner-up in
New York. Del Potro stunned Roger Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open final.
Djokovic improved to 6-2 lifetime against del Potro, who upset the Serb in the
bronze-medal match at the London Olympic Games last month. Djokovic beat the
Argentine in the round of 32 at the 2007 U.S. Open.
Djokovic's semifinal opponent on Saturday will be world No. 5 Ferrer, who came
from behind to outlast eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7 (5-7),
2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in a grueling 4-hour, 31-minute affair.
Ferrer overcame a 1-4 deficit in the fifth and deciding set, and did so after
Tipsarevic took a nasty spill onto the court in the sixth game of the stanza.
The Spaniard broke Tipsarevic to pull within 3-4 in the fifth and consolidated
the break with a hold to even things up.
Both players would hold serve the rest of the way to set-up the match-deciding
tiebreak, which was controlled by Ferrer.
The determined Spaniard set-up his first match point when Tipsarevic sent a
forehand long and converted when the Serb, who appeared to be laboring over
the last two sets, sent one final backhand into the net.
Tipsarevic actually took a three-minute injury timeout while trailing 15-40 in
the ninth game of the fifth set with the score knotted at 4-all.
Ferrer, who's now 17-9 in his career five-set matches, improved to 3-1
lifetime against the world No. 9 Tipsarevic.
The 30-year-old Ferrer will appear in his second U.S. Open semifinal and
fourth career Grand Slam semi. The steady Spaniard also appeared in the French
Open final four in June and reached at least the quarterfinals at all four
majors in 2012.
The other men's semi will pit third-seeded Andy Murray against sixth seed
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. The former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych
stunned the reigning world No. 1 Federer on Wednesday.
The British Murray captured an Olympic gold medal last month, was July's
Wimbledon runner-up to Federer, and gave way to Federer in the 2008 U.S. Open
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