After a four and a half hour battle one of the worlds most consistent tennis players David Ferrer had booked his place in the US Open semifinals where he will face Novak Djokovic. Ferrer eventually beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.
Tipsarevic opened the match with a break of serve which he quickly consolidated for a 2-0 lead. The quiet consistency of Ferrer saw him reel off five straight games for 5-2 lead as the ground strokes of Janko failed to find their mark.
Within 36 minutes Ferrer looked to be heading for a routine win as he comfortably closed out the first set.
A brilliant hooked backhand down the line gave Janko a mini break for 2-1 in the tiebreak. Another blistering backhand down the line brought up three set points for the Serbian as he started to become more vocal, trying to force himself to rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity.
In the third set the intensity of play rose as Ferrer started to struggle to manage the pace and weight of shot of Janko. Tipsarevic made quick progress through the third set taking a 4-2 lead and then easily serve it out.
With his back against the wall in the fourth Ferrer broke for 4-3 and then held on to ride out the fourth set.
Despite some bad calls and a 1-4 deficit Ferrer, one of the most determined fighters on the tour, dug his heels in a refused to let go of the match without a fight to the death. Eventually Ferrrer forced a tiebreak, a final shoot out and won.
The struggle for Ferrer now is to recover sufficiently to stand a chance against Djokovic who has largely been untroubled through the tournament.
It has been a great 2012 for Ferrer who has added 5 trophies to his cabinet at home but his chances against Djokovic are slim with the Serbian world number two in his current form.
“It was a very emotional match, one of the best emotional matches of my career. My opponent, he also deserved to win this match. In one tie-break it’s a lottery, and I had luck in important moments. My respect to Janko Tipsarevic, because he’s playing really good and having a really good season the last year and this year also.”