Ferrer ousts Dodig to reach Valencia Open final
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) - Top-seeded David Ferrer reached the Valencia Open final for a fourth time, beating Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Saturday.
Ferrer will face the winner of the other semifinal between Jurgen Melzer and Alexandr Dolgopolov.
"It was a complicated match,'' said Ferrer. "He served well throughout and made it tough for me.''
After the fifth-ranked Ferrer controlled the opening set, the local favorite showed some strain from finishing his doubles match with partner Juan Carlos Ferrero after midnight Saturday morning.
Dodig rallied to save two break points and force a second-set tiebreaker, where he converted a third set point by forcing the Spaniard into netting his volley.
Ferrer grabbed a 3-1 advantage in the decisive set after Dodig double-faulted. He then hit a running approach shot to break Dodig again before serving out the win in 2 hours, 42 minutes.
"I tried to forget the second set. In the third set I tried to be more consistent because I knew that he was wearing down,'' said Ferrer. "I knew that in the third I needed to be consistent because so much depended on the first serve and a break could be critical.''
Ferrer will play another doubles match later on Saturday following the semifinal between Melzer and Dolgopolov.
"Logically, I will be more tired, but whether I win or lose tomorrow won't depend on the doubles tonight,'' Ferrer said.
Ferrer has a chance on Sunday to add the tournament at the City of Arts and Sciences to his five titles this season. He won here on the indoor hard-courts in 2008 and 2010 after losing the final in 2005 when the tournament was played on clay.
The former No. 1 and Valencia native plans to retire after this event.
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