Novak Djokovic defeated David Ferrer in a tough match 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in 2hs and 31minutes on Friday and reach the semi-finals.
Players traded breaks in the opening set. Novak managed to break once again in the 12th game for 7-5. Ferrer fought back to clinch the second set 6-4 and force a decider. Djokovic was more determined than his rival in the final third set. Nole double-faulted on his first match point but then won a 38-shot rally and he won it 6-3.
“It was the most physical match I had on clay this year,” said Novak. “I am really glad to overcome this challenge because David is a great competitor. I respect him a lot. We all know how good his record is on clay – the best after Nadal. Knowing that I am going to work for every single point of the match, coming out as a winner gives me a lot of satisfaction and confidence.”
Novak will face Milos Raonic on Saturday about 14:00 CET.