Ferrer beats Almagro, Dodig defeats Cilic to book Valencia SFs

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Top seed David Ferrer dismissed Almagro in straight sets and is meeting unseeded Ivan Dodig in Valencia Open 2012 semis.

In an all-Spanish clash of two time Valencia Open champions top seed Ferrer got off to a flying start by converting his only break ball of the opening set to obtain a 3-0 lead. There was no way sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro could back in to the set as Ferrer was producing spotless service games and efficiently clinched the opener with the first set ball. Almagro’s spirit was not broken and he generated a triple break point in the sixth game of the second set, but Ferrer escaped the scare and held his serve for 3-3. Again, one break ball did the trick for the five time ATP winner in 2012 – he grabbed his countryman’s serve in the eleventh game, fended off a re-break threat and wrapped the quarterfinal up after one hour and twenty-two minutes of tennis. End result: 6-3, 7-5.

In the other match Croat Dodig surprised his seventh-seeded compatriot Marin Cilic by taking a 4-0 early lead in the opener. Cilic pulled one back, but wasted another service game straight after. Dodig was no perfect server either, but took the first set confidently enough nonetheless. A couple of unconsolidated breaks for Dodig in the second set meant a tie-break showdown would follow. Dodig turned around a mini-break deficit and tucked away the second match ball for a 6-2, 7-6 (6) victory. He has never played his semifinal challenger Ferrer in his professional career.

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