FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ David Ferrer went the distance to stop Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in 4 hours, 31 minutes on Thursday to reach the US Open semifinals for the second time in his career.
The Spaniard Ferrer came back from a break down in the fifth set 1-4 in a match which featured much grinding from the baseline between players. In the next game Tipsarevic fell to the ground during a rally and later had his right thigh taped up. Ferrer broke to even the set and the match was settled in a fifth set tiebreak as Tipsarevic hit a backhand into the net.
The victory was not without difficulties for the Spaniard â€“ a dispute over a line call in fifth set, a trainer having to work on a toe on his right foot with nail clippers and making wild gestures between bites while eating a banana.
Facing 4-4, 15-40 in the fifth set, Tipsarevic asked for a medical time out to have his thigh taped up. The Serb came back to win four straight points to hold serve.
The win marked his fourth straight five-set match for the Spaniard who remains the only person left in the draw who have never made a major final.
“I don’t have words,” said Ferrer. “It was a very emotional match.”
“It was a really, really tough match.
“Janko — he’s an amazing player … and he also deserves to win today.”
Ferrer will faceÂ Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.