Fourth seed David Ferrer pulled off a glorious comeback and won a five-setter against compatriot Nicolas Almagro at Australian Open 2013.
Tenth seed Almagro was eager to book his first ever Grand Slam semifinal ticket and it was all going according to his plan in the opening two sets. His first-set serving was spotless, so he was able to capitalize on Ferrer’s moment of weakness in the seventh game – he grabbed a break and kept the advantage to wrap up the set some minutes later. The second one was almost identical – 27-year-old Almagro consolidated his fifth-game break with a game to love and served out the set in the same manner.
It seemed like Almagro was heading for a straight sets victory as he broke his fellow Spaniard in the seventh game and was serving for the match at 5-4. Ferrer started showing some signs of life now and produced a couple of re-break balls. Almagro cancelled them out to reach a deuce and was now two points away from a milestone triumph. Ferrer stayed calm though, converted the third break ball and escaped an Australian Open exit. He started to pull the strings now and ultimately closed out the set with a love break.
An unbelievable development of the fourth set – Almagro obtained four breaks, yet he confirmed neither of them. Again, Ferrer faced his opponent serving for the match at 6-5, but never gave up a fight and forced the thirteenth game. He was always one step in front of Almagro there and leveled the score after three hours and fourteen minutes of tennis. The decider stopped being a contest when Ferrer acquired a two-break cushion by 5-2. He did not waste his chances and finished off disillusioned Almagro with the first match ball. The result: 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Ferrer is going to play the better of Djokovic-Berdych clash in the semis.
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