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

three matches.

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.