Two times Madrid Open champion Roger Federer booked his place in the Saturday’s semifinal after beating Spaniard David Ferrer in two sets 6-4 6-4.
Federer had the mental edge going into the match, having won the previous 12 meetings against Ferrer. It was only hard to imagine a different outcome this time, but Ferrer is a great fighter and he has played fairly well so far this year.
After failing to convert any of the two break points Federer had in the opening game, he managed to take Ferrer’s serve in the third to go 2-1 up. The Swiss never looked vulnerable on his serve and not allowing his opponent a single break point, he took the first set 6-4.
Federer was trying to step into the court, take the ball early as he usually does and make Ferrer to work hard for every single point in the match. The second set went with serve all the way to 4-4, when the Swiss legend struck again and after converting the 4th break point, he comfortably served out the match to set up a semifinal encounter against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.
Tipsarevic upset his fellow countryman and defending champion Djokovic, beating him 7-6 (2) 6-3 to move into the semis.