Rafael Nadal’s countryman, David Ferrer, has defeated Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open 2013. Ferrer won the match by 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4), 6-2. It was an amazing comeback by Ferrer. He was down by two sets, but, he showed tremendous character and didn’t give up. He kept fighting and eventually pulled off the victory to cruise into the final 4.
In the opening set, both the players held their service in the first six games and the scores were levelled at 3-3 at the end of the sixth game. Almagro got a breakthrough in the seventh game and he didn’t let Ferrer recover after that. He held his service in the eighth and the tenth game and won the first set by 6-4.
The second set was also a bit like the first one. Almagro held his entire serve and with the help of a serve break in the fifth game, he won the second set by the same margin of 6-4.
Ferrer was in trouble in the third set as well. He dropped his serve in the seventh game. Almagro served out the next game to take the lead of 5-3.
Almagro only had to hold his serve in the 10th game to win the match, but, he couldn’t do that. His service was broken consecutively in the 10th and the 12th game. Ferrer won the last four games on the trot and sealed the third set by 7-5.
In the fourth set, neither of the two players served well. Both of them dropped their serve four times in the set and the scores were tied at 6-6 at the end of the 12th game. The set was extended into the tie breaker in which Ferrer held his nerves and won the fourth set.
In the final set, Almagro lost the plot. He looked nervous and played some loose shots. The first four games went with the serve, but, thereafter, it was Ferrer all the way. He won the last four games with the help of serve breaks in the fifth and the seventh game and sealed the fifth set to move into the semi finals.
In the semi final, Ferrer will take on the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych.