Benneteau upsets Wawrinka, sets up Cincinnati SF against Ferrer

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Benneteau Benneteau upsets Wawrinka, sets up Cincinnati SF against Ferrer

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka missed a chance to reach the last 4 at the Cincinnati Masters 2014 as he stumbled against Julien Benneteau despite winning the first set. The reigning Australian Open champion was in full control of the proceedings in the opener where he surrendered only a couple of service points to claim five games in a row and convert the set point number one. A sudden twist in the plot occurred in the second set in which Stan’s first serve accuracy sunk to 30%, whilst he grabbed only four of sixteen points behind second serve. The unseeded Frenchman took advantage of it to produce a number of break points and steal the opponent’s serve on two occasions. He wrapped up the set next and rode the wave of momentum in the decider to clinch another pair of breaks, whilst keeping his serve perfectly intact. The 32-year-old Bennetau completed the comeback to enter his debut ATP World Tour 1000 semi-final following a splendid 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 triumph.

In the semis he will cross paths with sixth-seed David Ferrer who prevailed in an all-Spanish duel versus Tommy Robredo. The latter dismissed the World no. 1 Novak Djokovic earlier this week, but he felt short against the higher-ranked countryman on Friday. Ferrer broke the deadlock in the seventh game of the opener, yet he could only consolidate the second break to go one nil ahead. The script remained practically identical in the set two, but the contestants changed roles, so it was sixteenth-seeded Robredo who broke twice to level the terms. The decider could have gone either way as the Spaniards created seven break points between them before Ferrer capitalized on the last one to go 5-3 up. The first match point followed within a few minutes and it did the trick for the slight favorite who secured a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 three-set victory. He currently leads the head-to-head score against Benneteau 5-4.

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