Dolgopolov stuns Ferrer in Nice quarters
Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine reached the Open de Nice
semifinals when he upset top-seeded David Ferrer for the first time
6-4, 1-6, 7-5 on Thursday.
Dolgopolov held his nerve in the deciding set, taking Ferrer’s
serve on the only chance he had to reach his third semifinal of the
season – all of them on clay. He’d lost to Ferrer in their previous
An Australian Open quarterfinalist this year, Dolgopolov will
next play Victor Hanescu of Romania, who advanced when Robin Haase
of the Netherlands retired from their quarterfinal with a right
ankle injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0.
Nicolas Almagro also reached the last four by beating fellow
Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-4.
The third-seeded Almagro broke Andujar five times. The Spaniard
moved on to face either second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech
Republic or Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.