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Djokovic, Ferrer reach U.S. Open semis

September 7, 2012
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer were quarterfinal winners Thursday at the U.S. Open.

The second-seeded Djokovic handled seventh-seeded Argentine slugger Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 under the bright lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic is the reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champ. He beat Rafael Nadal in last year's finale in Flushing and is also a two-time runner-up in New York. Del Potro stunned Roger Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open final.

Djokovic improved to 6-2 lifetime against del Potro, who upset the Serb in the bronze-medal match at the London Olympic Games last month. Djokovic beat the Argentine in the round of 32 at the 2007 U.S. Open.

"It was a straight-set win, but it was much, much closer and tougher than the score indicated," Djokovic said. "I think whoever saw the match would understand that."

Djokovic's semifinal opponent on Saturday will be world No. 5 Ferrer, who came from behind to outlast eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in a grueling 4-hour, 31-minute affair.

Ferrer overcame a 1-4 deficit in the fifth and deciding set, and did so after Tipsarevic took a nasty spill onto the court in the sixth game of the stanza.

The Spaniard broke Tipsarevic to pull within 3-4 in the fifth and consolidated the break with a hold to even things up.

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