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Ferrer Fights Past Tipsarevic

New York, U.S.A.

Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer celebrates after defeating Janko Tipsarevic.

Iron man David Ferrer came from a break down in the fifth set for a battling 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Janko Tipsarevic in four hours and 31 minutes, Thursday on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Ferrer advances to the US Open semi-finals for a second time and will face defending champion Novak Djokovic, who advanced with a quarter-final win over 2009 titlist Juan Martin del Potro in the night session. The Spaniard lost to Djokovic in his previous semi-final appearance at Flushing Meadows five years ago.

“It was a very emotional match, one of the best emotional matches of my career,” said Ferrer. “My opponent, he also deserved to win this match. In one tie-break it's a lottery, and I had luck in important moments. My respect to Janko Tipsarevic, because he’s playing really good and having a really good season the last year and this year also.”

The Spaniard drew level at two sets all by securing the only break of serve in the fourth set, but fell behind early in the fifth. Tipsarevic came up with two big saves in the opening game, and went up 2-0 with a volley winner past the World No. 5 on his break point chance.

After taking a hard fall at the end of the sixth game when he slipped at the baseline, Tipsarevic relinquished his lead as he hit a backhand wide on double break point. The Serbian found himself double break point down in his next service game, but following a short injury time-out to get his right groin taped, won the next four points to hold serve.

Ferrer sent the set to a tie-break with his 15th ace of the match, prompting the fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium to rise to their feet to applaud both competitors. He claimed the only mini-break to go up 5-3, and clinched the victory when Tipsarevic sent a backhand into the net.

“I think it was a high, intense match with not too many ups and downs, apart from my bad tennis in the middle of the first set where I lost I think four games in a row,” said Tipsarevic. “I don’t think that there was any other part of the match where either of us played really bad… I said after my last match victory both of us are baseline players, both of us I guess are big fighters on court, so something like this was only expected.”

Ferrer improves to a 17-9 record in matches decided in a fifth set, winning his fourth straight, while Tipsarevic falls to a 15-8 record.

The 30-year-old Spaniard is in the midst of his best season to date, capturing a career-high five titles on three different surfaces and advancing to the quarter-finals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments.

World No. 9 Tipsarevic had been looking to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final. He also lost in the quarter-finals last year at Flushing Meadows (l. to Djokovic).

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