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Ferrer Reaches Madrid SFs, Faces Nishikori Next

Madrid, Spain

Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer reaches the Madrid semi-finals for a second time.

World No. 5 David Ferrer advanced to the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals for the first time in four years on Friday night, after knocking out Ernests Gulbis 7-6(3), 6-3. 

The Latvian claimed the first break of the match, going up 3-2 in the second set, but Ferrer came back strongly, rolling through the final four games to clinch the victory after one hour and 40 minutes.

Ferrer also reached the Masters 1000 semi-finals last month in Monte Carlo, courtesy of an upset win over eight-time former champion Rafael Nadal, and stated he felt confident once again after an early loss in Barcelona (l. to Gabashvili) and a three-set test in his Madrid opener.

"These two matches I've been playing really well," said Ferrer, who defeated John Isner in straight sets Thursday. "I'm happy because of the level I've been showing. After the first match this week, I was a little bit nervous. In Monte Carlo I had good feelings. This week I have had those good feelings once again."

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Ferrer goes on to meet Kei Nishikori, who will rise to No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings – the first player from Japan to do so – with his quarter-final win over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Ferrer came up just short of reaching the Madrid final in 2010, when he fell to Roger Federer in three sets in the semi-finals. The 32-year-old Spaniard won the clay-court title in Buenos Aires earlier this year and is looking to lift his 21st ATP World Tour title.

In the top half of the draw, three-time champion Rafael Nadal will meet fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals on Saturday. Read More

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