David Ferrer and Stan Wawrinka march on into the Portugal Open 2013 semi-finals and will square off against Andreas Seppi and Pablo Carreno-Busta, respectively.
Second seed Swiss Wawrinka was broken in the first game of his quarterfinal Estoril clash against domestic player Gastao Elias, yet he managed to turn the proceedings around and ultimately advanced to the semis in straight sets. He pegged back immediately in the opening set and seized the second break when the 22-year-old Portuguese wild card holder was serving to stay in the opener. Wawrinka prepared a triple set ball and moved one set up after converting the third one. Other than Elias saving a break ball in the second game there were no upsets in the set number two until 5-4 when the home crowd favorite again failed to keep the set alive at 5-4. Wawrinka accepted the gift and progressed into the Estoril semis with a 6-4, 6-4 win. The athletes have not met before on ATP tour.
Seed number four Fabio Fognini was convincing in the first set against 228th-ranked Spaniard Carreno-Busta as he moved 3-0 ahead and succeeded to protect his one break lead without difficulties. Things were looking good for the Spanish qualifier in the second set as he escaped to 4-1, yet Fognini responded by winning three consecutive games to make it 4-4. He could not complete his comeback, though, as he was broken again when serving to stay in the set a couple of games later. 21-year-old Carreno-Busta showed great nerves in decider as he dropped a service game in the opening game, yet he turned the set around and advanced with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.
Top seed Ferrer did not excel in today’s quarterfinal match against Victor Hanescu of Romania, but did just enough to slide into the next round – the Romanian fancied his chances in both of the sets, yet he fell short in the end. All of the serves were held in the opener until the tenth game when the favorite took advantage of his first break ball to seal the set. In the second one the twenty-time ATP title holder Spaniard dropped a couple of serves, but squeezed into the tie-break nonetheless. He opened it with a five straight points run and soon converted his match ball number one. The result: 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Ferrer will now play third seed Italian Seppi who stopped recent Casablanca conqueror Tommy Robredo, seed number eight, and booked his semifinal ticket with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.