VALENCIA OPEN 500
Ferrer Beats Janowicz For SF Berth
by ATP Staff|
Top seed David Ferrer finished strongly to reach the Valencia Open 500 semi-finals on Friday, defeating Jerzy Janowicz in a repeat of last year’s BNP Paribas Open final, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in one hour and 40 minutes.
The Spaniard lost just one point on serve in the final set and broke Wimbledon semi-finalist Janowicz four times throughout to claim his 55th win of the season.
"It was a very tough match," said the World No. 3 Ferrer. "[Janowicz] is a really good player." Ferrer is looking to win the Valencia title for the fourth time this week, following victories in 2008 (d. Almagro), 2010 (d. Granollers) and 2012 (d. Dolgopolov).
Ferrer is one win from reaching his seventh tour-level final of the season and second in a row, following a runner-up showing at last week's If Stockholm Open (l. to Dimitrov).
The Spaniard faces countryman and third seed Nicolas Almagro in the semi-finals. Almagro advanced with a 7-6(6), 6-2 victory over Italian Fabio Fognini, extending his chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
"Fabio is having an extraordinary season in hands of someone very special to me, Jose Perlas. It was with him that I reached the Top 10," said Almagro. "During the match there were a lot of ups and downs and I knew that if I kept the right mindset the opportunity would come." Almagro served nine aces while only winning 43 per cent of first serves.
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World No. 21 Mikhail Youzhny closed on his third ATP World Tour final of the season as he battled past Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4. The Russian won the contest between the two former finalists in two hours and 21 minutes, saving the five break points he faced.
The 31-year-old Youzhny claimed his 37th win of the season, highlighted by winning the Gstaad title (d. Haase) and finishing runner-up in Halle (l. to Federer). He reached the Valencia final in 2009, losing to Andy Murray.
Youzhny goes on to face fellow Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-3 in 81 minutes. Youzhny has a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Tursunov, though it will be their first meeting in three years.
World No. 39 Tursunov, who has been nominated for the 2013 ATP World Tour Comeback Player of the Year Award, is looking to reach his first final since 2011, when he won his seventh title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
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Murray and Peers Stay In The Race
The team of Jamie Murray and John Peers earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Dmitry Tursunov and Jarkko Nieminen in the Valencia doubles quarter-finals. Should the Australian-British duo reach the Valencia final, they can move from 10th to ninth place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, overtaking the team of Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau and keeping alive their chance to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Also in the quarter-finals, second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares fended off John Isner and Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 10-5. They will face Murray and Peers in the semi-finals.
- Youzhny Snatches Valencia Crown From Ferrer
- Peya/Soares Save 4 M.P. To Retain Valencia Crown
- Ferrer Vies For Fourth Valencia Crown; Bryans Aim For 11th Title Of Year
- Ferrer On Course; Janowicz, Chardy Advance
- Ferrer Opens Valencia Defence; Isner Edges Gulbis
- Janowicz Fights Through; Almagro Advances