Federer claims 500th career win

Roger Federer made sure of his place in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday with a win over 12th seed David Ferrer of Spain.

updated: April 23, 2007 16:52 IST
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Monte Carlo:

Roger Federer made sure of his place in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday with a 6-4 6-0 win over 12th seed David Ferrer of Spain in their last-eight clash.

It was the sixth meeting between the two, with Federer holding a 5-0 record over his Spanish opponent, including a straight-sets victory at the same stage in Monte Carlo last year.

In fact Ferrer had yet to win a set against his illustrious opponent, and the Swiss star made the perfect start again on Friday, breaking in the opening game.

However, the 12th seed hit back in the fourth, with a string of errors then seeing the players exchanging serves over the next two games before Ferrer bucked the trend on his own service game to hold a 4-3 lead.

Both players were struggling to find their rhythm, but it was Federer who made the decisive break in the ninth game before quickly wrapping up the next to take the first set 6-4.

The second set began in similar fashion to the first with the top seed finding himself a break up in the opening game.

And further breaks followed in the third and fifth games as Ferrer's serve deserted him, allowing Federer to race to another straight-sets win in just 59 minutes.

Federer now faces either 11th-seeded Richard Gasquet or two-time champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in Saturday's semi-finals.

Earlier, Tomas Berdych won 12 games in a row against Robin Soderling of Sweden to complete a remarkable comeback.

Tenth-seeded Berdych fought back from a one set and 3-0 down to beat his fellow Monaco resident 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and three minutes.

The 21-year-old Czech advances to his third career ATP Masters Series semi-final where he will face either defending champion Rafael Nadal or qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Berdych attacked Soderling's serve and outmanoeuvred his opponent with accurate ground strokes to claim his spot in the last four.