Spain's Ferrer reaches semis in Miami a 3rd time

International Sports Desk, Mar 28 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer, the No. 3 seed, beat Austria's Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Sony Open in Miami.

Ferrer, who is in the semifinals in Miami for the third time, will play Germany's Tommy Haas, who beat France's Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1 on Friday.

"I was a little bit nervous in the first set and part of the second, but I tried to fight every point, to be focused, and I had a good feeling in the final of the second set and of course in the third one," Ferrer said after the match.

The 34-year-old Haas pulled the big upset of the tournament, knocking off world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday night.

"I like this tournament. I played very good this tournament. I made two semifinals, two quarterfinals, and now I am in the third semifinal of my career, no? So, of course, I like this tournament," the 30-year-old Ferrer, who is ranked No. 5 in the world, said.

On the women's side, Russia's Maria Sharapova beat Italy's Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5, while Serbia's Jelena Jankovic defeated Italian Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 in the quarterfinals.