KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 — Mikhail Youzhny, Igor Andreev, David Ferrer and Andrey Golubev marched on to the semifinal of the ATP Malaysian Tennis Open at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil here today.
Fourth seeded Youzhny will do battle with unseeded Igor Andreev, who clashed against defending champion Nikolay Davydenko in the second round last Wednesday, to make it an all-Russian affair.
However, Youzhny, who took on Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the quarter-final match today, had a bumpy ride to the semifinal.
After losing in the first set, the 28-year-old put up a stiff fight in the second set to bring the game to a rubber tie.
Youzhny managed to gain control of the third set over the exhausted Baghdatis to win the game 6-7, 7-5, 6-1.
“It was really tough (the match). Not every match you can make a comeback after losing in the first set,” said Youzhny after the game.
Commenting on his meeting with Andreev, the world number nine said although he will not have enough time to be fully recovered for tomorrow’s match, he will still give his 100 per cent.
In another stiff match, fifth seeded David Ferrer of Spain defeated third seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Ferrer will face eight seeded Golubev of Kazakhstan, who edged out top seed Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-3, 6-2.
Also present at the Putra Stadium tonight was the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Following are the results of the men’s singles quarter-finals:
Igor Andreev (RUS) bt Milos Raonic (CAN) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3;
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-7, 7-5, 6-1;
David Ferrer (ESP) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4;
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) bt Robin Soderling (SWE) 6-3, 6-2. — Bernama