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Haas marches on to set up Ferrer clash

ESPN staff
March 27, 2013
David Ferrer overcame an early stumble to win in Miami © Getty Images

Third seed David Ferrer avoided adding to the shocks at the Sony Open, as he came from a set down to defeat Jurgen Melzer and he will face Tommy Haas in the last four.

Ferrer, the third seed, dropped the opening set against his Austrian opponent in frustrating circumstances - but put that disappointment behind him as he eventually went on to claim a 4-6 6-3 6-0 triumph.

It looked like being a comfortable afternoon's work for the world No. 4 as he claimed an early break, but a series of errors - as he became increasingly frustrated - enabled Melzer to rally back and move into the ascendancy.

However, the Spaniard quickly regained his composure and wrestled back the advantage - rising to the challenge in the Miami heat as Melzer wilted, eventually running away with the deciding set as be breezed into the semi-finals.

Ferrer will now face Tommy Haas whose fine run continued with a 6-3 6-1 win over No. 11 seed Gilles Simon.

The 34-year-old Haas became the oldest man to beat a No. 1 player in a completed match in 30 years when he upset three-time champion Novak Djokovic and he was in similarly impressive form as he disposed of Simon.

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