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In a tremendous quarter-final match on Wednesday, the World No. 6 David Ferrer of Spain played fantastically and fared really well in gruelling rallies to rally past Andy Murray with a 6-4 6(3)-7 6-3 6-2 scoreline and secured his berth in the semi-final of the 2012 French Open. With this victory, Ferrer kept his record intact against Murray on red-soil, as the Spaniard has never lost a duel against the Scot on his favourite hunting ground. In the semi-final on Friday, Ferrer will take on his compatriot Rafael Nadal, who beat another Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in straight sets.
Feisty Spaniard Ferrer took almost 4 hours to defy the strong challenge of Andy Murray. Ferrer mustered 68% points on his first serve, hammered 32 winners and converted 10 out of 19 break-points. On the other hand, Murray committed 59 unforced errors as compared to Ferrer’s 32, which made all the difference in deciding the outcome of this marathon duel.
After an hour and six minutes, David Ferrer clinched the gruelling first set. The Spaniard committed only 10 unforced errors as compared to Murray's 18 and converted 2 out of 4 break-points. The Spaniard also hammered 12 winners and fared really well in long rallies that pushed both contenders - to a great extent.
And, after 67 minutes of play in the second-set, Murray earned the equalizer. Both contenders played really well, until the tie-breaker where Murray outplayed Ferrer with the help of his devastating backhand and levelled up the match at 1-1 each. Murray hammered 18 winners as compared to Ferrer's 8 – in the third set.
Ferrer took 50 minutes to win the third-set. The Spaniard played really well, as he earned 69% points on his first serve and committed only 8 unforced errors as compared to Murray's 17 unforced errors. Ferrer converted 3 out of 7 break-points. On the other hand, Murray failed to fare well in testing rallies and finally gave into situational pressure.
Ferrer kept the control over proceedings in the fourth set and broke Murray twice to win the match.
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