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Spain's world number three David Ferrer is on track for another possible semi-final with Novak Djokovic after a typical tenacious victory at the Australian Open on Sunday.
MELBOURNE: Spain's world number three David Ferrer is on track for another possible semi-final with Novak Djokovic after a typical tenacious victory at the Australian Open on Sunday.
Ferrer dropped the opening set in a tiebreaker before overcoming Germany's Florian Mayer and going on to win 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 in just under three hours on Hisense Arena.
It is the terrier-like Spaniard's fourth consecutive quarter-final at the Australian Open and fifth overall as he bids to better his losing semi-final appearance against Djokovic last year.
"I never think about if I have a chance to win the tournament. I am only focused with my next opponent. I'm always going step by step," Ferrer said
The languid Mayer, who had beaten Ferrer three times in their seven previous encounters, troubled the Spaniard in the opening set.
But Ferrer progressively wore him down, hitting a total of 64 winners and claiming nine service breaks.
"When I lost the first set, I knew I was not playing that badly," he said.
"In the second set I played better. In the third and the fourth sets I moved better, I made less mistakes, and I played with power with my shots."
Once again, Ferrer was rock-solid from the baseline, hitting a total of 44 forehand winners.
Ferrer will face either Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych or 19th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson in the last eight.