David Ferrer defeated Dodig in three sets to play in Valencia Open 2012 finals, while Alexandr Dolgopolov easily dismissed Melzer.
Although unseeded Croat Ivan Dodig was tough nut to crack, top seed Ferrer has come a step closer to completing his treble of Valencia Open titles. A head-to-head race in the opener until fifth-ranked Spaniard broke the deadlock by grabbing his rival’s serve in the seventh game. The Croat nearly gave away another service game, but saved the set ball to keep his first set hopes alive. However, Ferrer showed no mercy, created a triple set point and went one nil up two rallies later.
Dodig was eager to get back into the match, so he consolidated his service games and confirmed a break for a 5-2 lead in the set two. He was serving to level the score, but allowed Ferrer to peg back instead. The Spaniard tried to use the momentum shift, yet World no. 110 escaped four break points scare in a twenty-nine rallies long game to achieve a vital hold and make it 6-5. Ferrer then produced a love game and the breaker followed. One time ATP champion Dodig showed what he is worth and got himself a triple set point by 6-3 – he took advantage of the third one.
Ferrer, who is chasing his sixth ATP title of the year, stepped it up a notch in the decider, dropped merely three points on his serve and got a hold of a two break cushion by 5-1. Dodig had laid down his arms by now and the Spaniard – who finished the clash without a single ace – served out the match smoothly with a love game. End score: 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
The second semifinal was a rather one-sided story with Jurgen Melzer of Austria trailing behind for the major part of the encounter. Ukrainian Dolgopolov failed to confirm the first break in the opener, but did so in the second attempt to acquire a crucial 5-3 advantage. He had no difficulties serving out the first set few minutes later. The amazing Ukrainian gave away only one point in his first three service games in the following set. In the meantime, he broke Melzer twice and was in position to serve for the match at 5-2. The Austrian averted match points number one and two, but was just putting off the inevitable as Dolgopolov reached his third final in 2012 – he conquered Washington in August – with a 6-4, 6-2 confident win.
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