Unseeded Rajeev Ram overcame third-seeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer in 2012 Farmers Classic quarterfinal, while experienced Belgian Xavier Malisse forfeited the match against second seed Californian Sam Querrey.
World No. 117 Ram appears to be in a really good shape at the tournament as he did not give away a single set yet. Mayer was a second seeded player he confronted and, again, he was up to his task. Both of the athletes were confident with their serving in the first set, not offering their rivals any break point opportunities – it was a time-break time in LA. Ram won two mini-break points which lead to Mayer losing his first set of the tournament. In the second set the Argentine converted a break point in the third game, but Ram bounced back, took his opponent’s serve twice in a row, and finished him off with the second match point. The final result 7-6 (3), 6-3 meant Ram entered his second ATP singles semis in less than a month, this time on hard court.
The Querrey-Malisse match was one hour shorter than the previous one and far less entertaining. To be sure, the home-crowd did not mind their favorite cruising to an easy success in the first set and going 3-1 up in the second one. After that X-man did not return to the court – he withdrew from the match with a knee injury. End score: 6-2, 3-1 ret. after thirty-eight minutes of play.
The semifinal match between the two Americans will thus decide whether 57th ranked Querrey will participate in his third Los Angeles final or a doubles specialist Ram will be challenging for the LA title for the first time in his professional career.
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