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Apr
11

“I have no problem playing with a bad back if I can play like that. After beating Roger Federer there is nothing I can’t do.”

Jurgen Melzer overcame an early back injury and blustery conditions to secure a first victory over Roger Federer and a place in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters. The Austrian looked like he was heading for an early exit when he had to leave the court for treatment after the opening game with a back problem. But when he returned there was little sign of it hampering his game as he put together a composed display which proved too much for second seed Federer and culminated in a 6-4 6-4 success.

Left-handed Melzer went into the contest without a win against the Swiss 16-time grand slam champion in three attempts but a break in each set saw him through to a last-four meeting with Spain’s David Ferrer. “I played my game and tried to attack his forehand when the points were important,” Melzer told Sky Sports 1 afterwards. “He was defending more on his backhand side so there was more space on the forehand.” On his back injury, he added: “My back blocked but the trainer did a great job.

Melzer beat Ferrer on his way to reaching the semi-finals at the French Open last year, a result he hopes will prey on the Spaniard’s mind before their meeting tomorrow. “I will try my best. The last two matches I have won against him,” he said. “In Paris last year I killed him on clay and hopefully that result is still in the back of his mind.

 

 

 

In the first match of the day, Ferrer beat Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-3.

 

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