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Nestor/Zimonjic Move Into Basel Semi-finals

ATP World Tour 2012 Season - Week 43

Ferrero/Ferrer© Queimadelos/Valencia Open 500Juan Carlos Ferrero and David Ferrer reached the Valencia semi-finals.

Top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic advanced to the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Friday as they defeated Lukasz Kubot and Andreas Seppi 7-6(2), 6-4 in 82 minutes. The Canadian/Serbian pair fired nine aces and broke serve twice to claim victory.

Nestor and Zimonjic are playing together for the first time since ending their full-time partnership at the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where they lifted the trophy (d. Bhupathi/Mirnyi). They won the Basel title together in 2009 (d. Bryans).

For a place in the final, Nestor and Zimonjic will face Italian/Czech duo Daniele Bracciali and Frantisek Cermak, who edged Kevin Anderson and Viktor Troicki 5-7, 7-5, 10-5 in one hour and 35 minutes.

Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot dropped just eight points on serve as they dismissed Robin Haase and Dick Norman 7-6(5), 6-4 in 67 minutes. The Filipino/British duo are chasing their second ATP World Tour title of the season after victory at the Citi Open in Washington D.C. (d. Anderson/Querrey).

At the Valencia Open 500, David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco won an all-Spanish quarter-final contest with top seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in 65 minutes. Marrero and Verdasco saved all five break points they faced and converted three of their eight opportunities. Marrero and Verdasco have won four titles together this season.

Wild cards David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero also advanced to the semi-finals, topping Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-6 in one hour and 34 minutes. Ferrero is playing the final tournament of his career. He lost to Nicolas Almagro in his singles opener and was recognised at a retirement ceremony earlier in the tournament. 

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