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Ferrer Claims All-Spanish Cincy Clash

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer ousted countryman Tommy Robredo in the Cincinnati quarter-finals on Friday.

No. 6 seed David Ferrer denied Tommy Robredo his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in eight years, overcoming his countryman 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open on Friday.

Ferrer advanced to his first semi-final in 11 trips to Cincinnati and third at the Masters 1000 level in 2014 (Monte-Carlo, Madrid). The Spaniard is closing in on the 600-win plateau, improving to 590-285 with the win.

The 32 year old claimed the 10th FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter (8-2) with the 16th-seeded Robredo in two hours and six minutes, winning 74 per cent of first serve points and breaking serve on four of 11 chances. Robredo was unable to overcome 51 unforced errors and 19 forehand winners by Ferrer.

"Well, it's not easy play against a friend," said Ferrer. "Tommy and I have played a lot of times in our careers. I wish him the best luck for the next tournaments."

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Robredo was bidding to become just the third active player – after  Ferrer and Rafael Nadal – to reach 200 match wins on both clay and hard courts. The 32-year-old’s hard-court record stands at 199-154 and he’s 245-113 on clay.

Ferrer will face Julien Benneteau for a berth in his seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. His lone triumph came on the indoor hard courts of Paris in 2012.

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