And Then There Were Four

The BNP Paribas Masters field of 64 has come down to just four. There have been upsets, withdrawals and close matches.

Novak Djokovic withdrew before his quarterfinal match with Jo-Willy Tsonga, deny the Djoker a shot at his improving his single season Masters titles record of 5. Djokovic cited a sore shoulder as his reason for the withdrawal. Tsonga into the Tsemis.

Andy Murray's winning streak has come to an end. Tomas Berdych overcame the loss of the first set to win in three against the Briton. Berdych won 4-6 7-6 6-4. Murray overcame a 2-5 deficit in the second to bring it to a tie-breaker, but lost 7-5. Berdych into the Semis.

Roger Federer overcame a slow start to beat Argentine's Juan Monaco and win his 800th ATP level match. Federer has more match wins on tour than anyone else has played. Federer was broken in the third game, but broke back in the 6th and again in the 8th to win 6-3. The second set was hotly contested until the 11th game, where Federer broke Monaco's serve. Federer served out the second set to win 6-3 7-5 in just under an hour and a half. The Swiss Maestro's game looked a little loose until midway through the first when he turned it on. Monaco didn't win the big points when he needed to, and could've beaten Federer had he played more consistent tennis. Fed into the semis.

In the real-life battle between David and Goliath, Goliath surprisingly won. Big John Isner (Goliath) surprised #4 David Ferrer 6-3 3-6 6-3 to move into the semis. This keeps the scintillating run alive for the 6' 9" American. After staying on serve all 3rd set, a Ferrer double-fault, forehand error, and Isner screaming backhand return winner set up triple break point for a 5-3 lead. At 15-40, Ferrer cracked. He hit a routine forehand off the top of the tape and out. Izzy into the Semis.

Semis tomorrow:

Jo-Willy Tsongs v. John Isner.

Roger Federer v. Tomas Berdych.

My Predictions:

Roger Federer d. Tomas Berdych 7-6 3-6 6-4.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. John Isner 7-6 6-7 6-3.

Federer faces Tsonga in the final as a rematch of Wimbledon, Montreal, and the U.S. Open.

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