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  • Rafael Nadal was successful in fighting back and defeating David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
  • Nadal keeps his bid alive to reach 7th final continuously since he returned from injusry
  • Nadal has raised his recorded with Ferrer to 18-4

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal was successful in fighting back in order to defeat David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 in quarterfinals of Madrid Open on Friday, keeping his bid alive to reach 7th final continuously since he returned from injury.

In meeting of the players ranked top of the list in Spain, Ferrer’s “baseline game” on red clay proved much for 5th-seeded Nadal.

But Nadal stayed put and forced a 3rd set and was able to win 6 consecutive games in order to improve the record of his career against Ferrer with 18-4, avoiding any early leave like Forger Federer and Novak Djokovic earlier in this week.

Nadal, who had won in 2010 and 2005, said, “(I) have to be very happy for making it to the semifinals, and even more so after how the match has gone. I could have been very close to thinking about the next tournament right now.”

Third-seeded Andy Murray didn’t find his stride at all and lost 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 to the runner-up last year, Tomas Berdych.

In the event of women, Serena Williams fought Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 0-6, 7-5, and the 2nd-seeded Maria Sharapova also joined her when semi-finals came once she eased by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4.

This year 4 titles have been won by Nadal since the time he was sidelined from many months, having tendinitis in the left knee. Though he says that his leg bothers him still, Nadal wasn’t able to say it was his excuse.

He said, “David is a fantastic player. When you play up and down against players like David, you know, it’s very difficult to win.”

Nadal would play Spain’s Pablo Andujar, ranked 113, who defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 after  the day Japanese player made Federer upset.

Ability of Ferrer, who is fourth-seeded, to keep the points alive by long rallies which are error-free gave him early lead. His use of speed to break in the 2nd set twice, closing both through approach shots on net for 4-2 advantage.

Then Nadal dug in. Also he broke twice in order to win three games that followed.

Ferrer had the chance of earning 2 points at match when leading by 30-15 and 5-4. He had much time to slam floating ball in the open court but rather fired at the feet of his opponent, permitting Nadal to have it scooped above the net.

Nadal said, “It was a tightly contested match. David deserved it more than I did to reach the semifinals, but that is sport. I was lucky to somehow save that ball down 15-30.

“After missing his chance David fell apart a little. He lowered his intensity in the third set and I didn’t have to do as much.”

Nadal seemed steadier in the shot-making to level tiebreaker and he could only get better in 3rd set. After he placed an awesome lob close to baselines, he then wowed the crowd by nailing some forehand winner and at the same time he almost stumbled to the ground while building the insurmountable lead of 4-0.

In the 1st set tiebreaker, Berdych jumped to a lead of 5-0 before closing out at the time Murray landed the backhand wide enough.

Murray, the one to win tournament in the year 2008 on the hard courts , fell to this Czech in about 2 hours after the deep drive by Berdych made him miss for the last time.

Murray said, “He played a better tiebreak(er) than me and then in the second set I had chances. That’s frustrating. I didn’t convert a lot of opportunities all week but was able to dig out the previous matches.”

Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland will get to meet Berdych during semifinals after he outlived Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-7 (9-11), 6-4.

Having Medina Garrigues as opponent, Williams seemed to have been worn down once he was blanked in second set, then falling back 4-2 in decider. Still, defending champion tried to break  Spaniard’s serve two times.

About second set, Williams said, “I just wasn’t really into it, my feet weren’t moving. To change it I got up early (before the third set) and did some high knees, some stretching, anything I could to get my intensity back up to where it needs to be.”

Williams would face Italy’s Sara Errani, who gained victory over Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-3.

Sharapova will get to play Ana Ivanovic subsequent to Serb’s defeat of Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1.

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