One half of the ATP Semifinals is in the books and the other half is under way at the 2013 Sony Open on Friday.
No. 3 seed David Ferrer halted the impressive streak by No. 18 Tommy Haas. Ferrer took the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the finals.
Haas had a strong showing to take the first set, but quickly fell behind in the second. He managed to get up a break on Ferrer in the third with a 3-1 lead, putting Ferrer on edge. But Haas seemed to tire as the match went on, which isn't surprising for the 34-year-old veteran.
In all, Haas struggled with his serve and Ferrer made enough athletic plays to create the long rallies that were eventually Haas' undoing. Ferrer improved to 25-4 this year, and leads the ATP Tour in victories. Haas wraps up a strong run in which he bested No. 19 Alexandr Dolgopolov, No. 11 Gilles Simon and, much more impressively, No. 1 Novak Djokovic en route to the semifinals.
Ferrer will play in the finals on Sunday against the winner of the match between No. 8 Richard Gasquet and No. 2 Andy Murray, which is taking place on Friday as well. At the time of writing, Gasquet is up by a set at the start of the second.