Ferrer prevails in epic encounter against Tipsarevic at US Open

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David Ferrer is through to his second US Open semi final tonight after overcoming Janko Tipsarevic in an extraordinary 4 hour 31 minute encounter winning 6-3, 6-7(4), 2-6, 3-6, 7-6(4). He will take on either Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin Del Potro  for a place in the final.

Ferrer had not started well, and missed several easy chances on his way to getting broken in the first game of the match. Tipsarevic could not hold on and gifted it back next service game at the second time of asking after saving the first with an ace at 30-40. Ferrer would win three more games to complete a run of five to force Tipsarevic to stay in the set. Despite taking the set, it wasn’t vintage stuff from the Spaniard, dishing out 13 unforced errors.

Serve was dominant throughout the second set with no break points offered up by either player at all. A tiebreak would settle the winner of the set and with Ferrer taking a minibreak on the first point, it looked like he would pull away in the match. However, Tipsarevic was not to be denied as the Serb played some inspired points, with forehands that even a great retriever like Ferrer could do very little about. A backhand down the line gave Tipsarevic three set points, with the final one being taken with yet another huge forehand to tie the match up.

The third set saw Tipsarevic carry on where he left off, cracking winners all round and another backhand down the line saw him finally break for a *3-2 lead. That would be enough for him, but his continued display of attacking brilliance in the set earned him an insurance break. An ace finished off a love hold to put Tipsarevic up by two sets to one.

After an extraordinary high level in the past two sets, Tipsarevic dipped a little and struggled to make an impact in the fourth after failing to convert two early break points. In the eighth game of the set Ferrer finally made the breakthrough as errors began to creep into the Serb’s game, with backhands going wide rather than hitting the lines. The first was saved with an ace but the all important break was finally confirmed by Ferrer when he got the better of a lengthy rally. Ferrer then served out to love to take it into a final set and presumably with all the momentum on his side.

Tipsarevic looked to be wilting in the heat as the game passed the 3 hour marked and immediately was two break points down in game 1. A drop shot did just enough to outwit Ferrer to save the first and an unreturnable saved the second before he eventually went to hold. It looked like Ferrer would live to regret it as he then lost his serve, Tipsarevic dictating with the backhand on the point he won to take a 2-0 lead. Tipsarevic would then rush into a 4-1 lead before a nasty looking fall on Ferrer’s next service game put paid to any chance he had of an insurance break. That would come to haunt him as a sloppy service game would follow. An incredible to lob brought up two break points with the first being converted when a poor backhand went wide.

The set would be tied up at 4-4 when a visibly tiring Tipsarevic threw in another poor service game, going down 15-40 before bizarrely calling for the trainer in an awful display of sportsmanship, claiming he had a groin injury to get treatment right away rather than during the changover. It most definitely looked like cramp and Tipsarevic looked much better after the timeout as he saved both break points, the first showing great athleticism to put a volley away at the net and big serves saw him on the way to a hold. After an incredibly lucky netcord saw Tipsarevic two points away from a place in the semi finals. Ferrer held to tie it up for 5-5 and the pair traded holds once more to send it into a dramatic fifth set tiebreak. Serve was held until 3-3 in the tiebreak and Ferrer took the all important minibreak when a backhand was netted from Tipsarevic. Tipsarevic saved one match point but could not save the second, netting again to send No.4 seed David Ferrer into the semi final.

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