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Ferrer Beats Robredo; Dimitrov Reaches Second ATP World Tour SF

Bastad, Sweden

Ferrer© SkiStar Swedish OpenDavid Ferrer will face Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals.

Top seed David Ferrer, currently No. 5 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, beat wild card and former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 on Friday for a place in the SkiStar Swedish Open semi-finals.

Ferrer, the 2007 titlist and 2011 runner-up, improved to a 49-9 match record on the season after victory in two hours and four minutes. Fellow Spaniard Robredo, the 2006 and 2008 champion, was playing his first ATP World Tour tournament of the year after a long injury lay-off.

"I played very consistent today," reflected Ferrer. "[Robredo] played very good; he is going to be in the top if he doesn’t get injured. He played very good tennis in the second set."

Ferrer goes onto meet Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final. The sixth seed won 65 per cent of his service points to overcome third-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6(1), 6-3 in one hour and 49 minutes.

"I think today was mainly mental with us as we have known each other for quite a long time and I know how he plays," said Dimitrov. "He is a typical clay courter running around and waiting for his opponent to make a mistake. I don’t think I played at my best, but I think mentally I was there so I think that really helped me a lot. In the end, winning is winning and I think that is the most important thing today." 

World No. 69 Dimitrov fell in the AEGON Championships semi-finals (l. to Nalbandian) last month. He has a 15-10 match record on the season.

Second seed Nicolas Almagro worked hard for his semi-final berth, battling past fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3. The Murcia native saved 11 of the 12 break points he faced to claim victory in two hours and 15 minutes.

"I tried to play my best day today. I know I did not feel a 100 per cent," said Almagro. "I am in the semi-final now. I want to rest. I want to recover my shoulder and see what I can do tomorrow."

The No. 10-ranked Almagro is through to the Bastad semi-finals for the fourth time. He won the title in 2010 (d. Soderling) and finished runner-up in 2007 (l. to Ferrer). The right-hander is chasing his third ATP World Tour title of the season after victories on clay at the Brasil Open 2012 in Sao Paulo (d. Volandri) and the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur (d. Baker).

Almagro goes onto face Czech Jan Hajek, who overcame Jurgen Zopp of Estonia 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in one hour and 47 minutes. World No. 102 Hajek is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final, having beaten No. 4 seed Jarkko Nieminen and No. 7 Filippo Volandri earlier in the week.

"He is a good player; he is in the semis here in Båstad," said Almagro. "Tomorrow is a special match for me because it’s a semi here in Båstad again. I want to be in the final on Sunday. I am going to fight. And if I have any chance to beat him I want to take it and a I want to play the final."

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