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Singles - Semifinal: (3) N Almagro def. (2) G Simon 6-1 6-3
And so -- no points, and no Top Ten spot, for Gilles Simon. He will stay #12. Nicolas Almagro at least has the chance to move; he will rise to #13 if he wins the final.
Singles - Semifinal: (Q) B Baker def. N Davydenko 6-7(5-7) 6-4 6-2
To misquote Alice, "Unbelievabler and unbelievabler." Five years without a win, and Brian Baker is in a final? He has now increased his points by substantially more than 50%, and will rise to around #145. If he can somehow win his first title, he'll have more than doubled his points!
Doubles - Semifinal: (1) Bryan/Bryan def. (3) Qureshi/Rojer 6-4 6-4
Doubles - Semifinal: Marach/Polasek def. Hanley/Knowle 6-4 5-7 10-7 (Match TB)
Maybe there needs to be some sort of a mercy rule for Dusseldorf: "If you only have two singles players, and one of them goes down, just go ahead and leave." Something like that. Croatia's Ivo-Karlovic-less team of Ivan Dodig and Lovro Zovko just wasn't up to the task. Although they came into Friday's action up 1-0 on Russia, Zovko had to play #2 singles. Not even slumping Alex Bogomolov could lose that; he beat Zovko 6-4 6-2. And then Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov beat Dodig and Zovko in a match tiebreak to earn third place in the Blue Group.
Of course, the real contest was for the #1 spot, and that was between the Serbs and Germans. And the Serbs, already up 1-0, won when Janko Tipsarevic edged Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 3-6 7-5. The Serb doubles team of Jankovic/Zimonjic then lost 6-4 6-4 to Petzschner/Kas, but presumably the Serbs will play a real doubles team in the final if the doubles matters.
After one and a half matches, it looked for all the world as if the Serbs would be facing the Czechs in the final. Radek Stepanek was up a break in the third set against Leonardo Mayer -- and lost four straight games. Mayer kept Argentina alive 6-7 7-5 6-4 -- and kept Stepanek out there for three hours. Stepanek, amazingly, was up for the doubles, and teamed with Frantisek Cermak to beat Berlocq and Mayer 6-4 4-6 10-3 -- but what will he have left after that?
We have the draw, and Roger Federer is in Novak Djokovic's half. So Rafael Nadal's Rome title, which earned him the #2 seed, did pay off for him. We'll have our Preview tomorrow.