Ferrer to play Haas in Miami Masters semi-finals

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David Ferrer came from a set down to move into the Miami semi finals, defeating Jurgen Melzer 4-6 6-3 6-0. When Ferrer broke early on for a 2-0 lead it looked like the match would be over very quickly but the Austrian hit back in some style, reeling off five straight games to take advantage of some sloppy play by Ferrer. Melzer had two chances to serve out the set and would be thankful for the insurance break as Ferrer stopped the rot with a break back and hold to move to 4-5. Ferrer would carve out 2 break points to get the match back on serve, but Melzer held his nerve to take the set.

It was Ferrer who struck first in the second, but not before the normally cool Spaniard had yet another argument with the chair umpire. A break at 3-1 was immediately taken back by Melzer, but he could not hold his serve to consolidate it and fell to 4-2 down in the set. After saving a break point to hold in the next, Ferrer earned a set point on the Melzer serve but could only net the return at 30-40. It would matter little though as Ferrer held to 30 to force a decider. The match would get away very quickly from Melzer in the third, as Ferrer broke early and ran off six straight games for the bagel.

Tommy Haas continued his great run of form in Miami with a comprehensive defeat of Gilles Simon, defeating the Frenchman 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour. Showing no let down from his extraordinary win over world no.1 Djokovic, Haas was dominant on serve facing no break points.

The early proceedings were equal though, with neither player getting much on return. Serving at *3-4 down, it would be Simon who buckled first dropping serve to allow Haas to serve for the set. Haas held to 15 to take the set, finishing with a smash winner on his second break point. From then on, it was easy for the German who broke in the opening game of the second to take complete control of the match. Backed by strong serving, winning 82% of first serve points, he didn’t allow Simon a sniff while breaking him twice more – the latter of which with Simon serving to stay in the match at 1-5 down.

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