Ferrer looks for another miracle after Almagro win

Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:35am EST
 

By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Spanish terrier David Ferrer pulled off a miraculous escape to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday but then said he would need something even more spectacular if he is to get to his first grand slam final.

The fourth seed recovered from two sets down to beat fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 4-6 4-6 7-5 7-6 6-2, three times breaking the 10th seed when he served for the match.

"It was a miracle I won this match," Ferrer said in a courtside interview. "I tried to fight and do my best but I need to play better than today in the next round."

Ferrer now plays either world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia or Czech Tomas Berdych for a place in the final.

The 30-year-old played back-to-back events in the build-up to the Australian Open but said he would be able to recover in time for his fifth grand slam semi-final.

"Of course I am tired," he said. "I ran a lot against Nico. Now I will need to rest but I have a day and a half."

Ferrer had won all 12 of his previous matches with Almagro, who was bidding for his first grand slam semi-final, but was staring defeat in the face as his opponent served for the match once in the third set and twice in the fourth.

"I think maybe this time I was very close to losing," he said. "(But) I am positive. I am in the semi-final. I think the tiebreak of the fourth set I played very good.   Continued...

 
David Ferrer of Spain celebrates defeating compatriot Nicolas Almagro during their men's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar