Mardy Fish snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and will play long time nemesis Roger Federer for the title in Cincinnati.
Last week the top four seeds all made the semifinals, and this week they have all made the quarterfinals where four hungry challengers are looking for upsets.
Argentine David Nalbandian matched an impeccable first set with a streaky second set to capture his 11th career ATP title.
Marcos Baghdatis and David Nalbandian proved to be the two best players at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington this week where there is just one match left on Sunday.
There was spectacular tennis and error-prone tennis at Friday’s Legg Mason Quarterfinals in Washington but whatever it was it was highly competitive as the tournament was reduced to the final four.
The rain could not hide the tears as American’s Fish, Roddick, Sweeting and Isner all fell at the Legg Mason Tournament on Thursday.
Wednesday was a tough day for the seeds in Washington but top seed Tomas Berdych barely managed to move ahead.
The seeding survived at the Farmers Classic until Janko Tipsarevic upset 3rd seeded Marcos Baghdatis to complete the semifinal pairings.
Top seed Andy Murray makes his tournament debut this evening but second seed Sam Querrey had his hands full in his opener.
He is mortal, after all. The question is, is the greatest player to ever hold a racket more mortal than ever? For the second week in a row, top seed Roger Federer took an unexpected tumble on Tuesday in Miami.