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Sony Ericsson Open
Thursday Men's Summary
Singles - Quarterfinal: (1) N Djokovic def. (5) D Ferrer 6-2 7-6(7-1)
That second set was probably a lot closer than Novak Djokovic wanted, but David Ferrer couldn't keep it up in the tiebreak. It doesn't make much short-term difference; Djokovic was assured the #1 ranking no matter what and Ferrer the #5. But Ferrer obviously isn't gaining much ground on the Big Four.
Singles - Quarterfinal: (21) J Monaco def. (8) M Fish 6-1 6-3
Mardy Fish got into this match only briefly, in the middle of the second set, when he managed a couple of holds and his only break. But then it was right back into the funk. It was pretty ugly; Fish won only 39% of the points. Which means that he will fall from #8 to #9; Janko Tipsarevic is the new #8. And Juan Monaco is the new #16, overtaking Richard Gasquet and Kei Nishikori. A nice way to celebrate turning 28....
Doubles - Semifinal: (7) Paes/Stepanek def. (1) Bryan/Bryan 6-4 6-4
Paes and Stepanek are probably wondering why they didn't get together before.... This is turning into a very tough season for them.
Doubles - Semifinal: (2) Mirnyi/Nestor def. (6) Bhupathi/Bopanna 6-2 6-4
This was the only match scheduled for the #2 court (although they ended up moving the other doubles match as well), but it didn't slow Mirnyi/Nestor down very much. They continue applying pressure to the Bryans with every point they earn. They are now with a thousand points of #1. Here is how we currently show the Bryans, Mirnyi, Nestor, Llodra/Zimonjic, and Paes:
Interesting that three of last year's finalists (Mirnyi, Nestor, and Paes) are back.