6th seeded David Ferrer became the first semifinalist at the Rome Masters after beating Richard Gasquet of France 7-6 (4) 6-3.
Before today’s match, Ferrer had a positive 6-1 head to head record against the Frenchman and their only previous meeting on clay went in the Spaniard’s favour.
The first break of the match came in the fifth game, Ferrer taking a 3-2 lead. However, a couple of games later, the Spaniard played a loose game on his serve and let Gasquet right back into the set. No more breaks meant that the players were going to battle it out in a tiebreak. In the end tt was Ferrer, who managed to come back from a mini break down to capture the first set and send his opponent a signal that he means business.
One break of serve on each side marked the start of the second set, but it was Ferrer once again who got the upper hand as he struck in the 8th game to take a 5-3 lead. He then held to 15 and to clinch the match and book his place in the semifinal.
In the semis, Ferrer will play the winner of the match between the Czech Berdych and world no.3 Nadal.