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In a match that neither player deserved to lose, it was fourth seed David Ferrer who came out on top winning it in the most dramatic of circumstances. The Spaniard played a fantastic match, where his highlighting his trade mark fighting and never say die spirit in the match. The Spaniard struck 49 winners and fired 15 aces in the match winning it 6-3,6-7,2-6,6-3,7-6(4). A thought however must be spared for the unfortunate Serb - Janko Tipsarevic, who gave this match his all but still fell short.
The Spaniard started slowly, but he soon moved into to top gear in the set. After being down a break at 0-2, Ferrer fought back and drew level in no time. He further went on to win 3 more games to take a 5-2 lead. It was a dramatic turn around, after the fantastic start from the Serb. Tipsarevic held serve to take us to 5-3, but the Spaniard was too good for the Serb in the end as e took the set 6-3.
The second set was as they say 'the battle of the serve'. Tipsarevic refocussed in the set, and started to control more points than he could in the first set. The World No.9 attacked the Spaniard's serve and looked comfortable on his serve, he faced 4 break points but was able to claw his way out of it. Ferrer was consistent once more, but couldn't convert on those opportunities that appeared to have cost him in the end. The tie break was as nerve racking as the set, but it was the Serb who came out on top. Tipsarevic struck 13 winners in that set.
The third set had a familiar pattern to the set, as both both players held on to serve quite easily at till the fourth game. In the fifth game however, with Ferrer on serve Tipsarevic broke on his first break point opportunity in two sets now. In Ferrer's next service game, Tipsarevic looked sharp once more as he capitalized on some slack serving from the Spaniard, resulting in a 6-2 scoreline for the set. The Serb overwhelmed the Spaniard in this one striking 18 winners compared to just 5 from Ferrer's racquet.
Just when it seemed as if the Serb will tighten the screw and take over, the resilient and never say die attitude of the Spaniard paid off, as he clawed his way out of a hole. In the third game, Ferrer was down two game points but the Serb could not convert them. Little did Tipsarevic know what will transpire as the set progresses. Ferrer grew in stature and confidence and for the first time in over two sets, Ferrer had a break point opportunity in the eighth game which he converted to take the set 6-3, taking us into a deciding fifth set.
In the most thrilling of final sets, it was Tipsarevic broke early to take a 2-0 lead. The Serb then continued to push and push hard to take a 4-1 lead, holding on to his own serve. In the seventh game however, the Spaniard fought back to break the Serb. He then held on to serve and so did Tipsarevic to take us to a final set tie break.
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