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2258: Federer does close out the match. 6-2, 6-1 in just 54 minutes. That’s as convincing as victories come. Federer outstanding and unfortunately Seppi’s efforts of yesterday looked like they had caught up with him. Should be a classic match tomorrow – Federer vs Djokovic. We also have Nadal vs Ferrer so plenty of top class tennis. Thanks for your company today, join us again tomorrow.

2254: It’s just magnificent to watch Federer in this mood. Another couple of glorious winners and the Swiss breaks again. Seppi will serve to stay in the match at 2-5.

2248: Federer is able to raise his game again including a quite majestic point where Seppi attempted to catch him out with a drop but the Swiss ace retrieves and an agile volley sets up two break points. Federer takes the second and it is now 3-2.

2234: Much more convincing start to the second set from Seppi who forces Federer to save two break points. 1-1.

2223: Seppi avoids the dreaded bagel with a love service game and then nearly snatches a break back, taking Federer to a break point. That should give the Italian heart but Federer was totally dominate in a 20 minute first set.

2214: It’s a chastising experience for Seppi so far. Federer is playing so well and the Italian is struggling to get to grips with the match at all, it’s a total mismatch at this stage. Another break for Federer and it’s 4-0 in just 11 minutes.

2208: Just two games in and Seppi is already feeling the pace. Two great games for Federer, he breaks the Italian’s serve with a crisp forehand for a 2-0 lead.

2154: It’s been a long wait to conclude the men’s semi-finalists but we have our final match about to begin. The great Roger Federer against the unseeded, battling Italian Andreas Seppi who pulled off a shock to beat John Isner in the last round. Seppi has lost all eight meetings between the two but a big crowd are eying another upset.

1754: That’s the match for Nole. 7-5, 6-1 the outcome as Tsonga goes long at match point. The defending champ faces Roger Federer or Andreas Seppi next up.

1746: Djokovic has broken again to lead 4-0 over Tsonga. The Frenchman’s game seems to have disintegrated after such a good opening set. The game appears up.

1739: If Tsonga ends up losing this match he may have only himself to blame. He threw away the first set by double faulting on set point and has now handed Djokovic the break in a second with another double. 2-0 Nole.

1729: Djokovic has snatched the set. Some sublime returning had Tsonga at 0-40, until the Frenchman recovered with some booming serves. But a fine passing shot set up another set point and Tsonga then double faulted to hand the World No.1 the advantage 7-5.

1708: More breaks than a KitKat at the moment. Tsonga back to 4-3 and then he holds on despite Djokovic’s best attempts to make it 4-4. Who can hold their nerve now?

1657: Back comes Djokovic though and regains the break for a 4-2 lead.

1653: Tsonga recaptures the break from Djokovic to end the top seed’s early dominance. Tsonga now serving at 2-3.

1637: Early break for Djokovic. The ideal start against such a tricky opponent. 2-0 to the Serbian.

1624: When the Centrale have got their breath back we will have Djokovic v Tsonga. Rather surprisingly Tsonga leads the head-to-head so it should be far from a straightforward afternoon for the World No.1.

1606: Rafa closes things out but not before Bedych has twice fought back to deuce. Classic tennis match and arguably the best in terms of quality so far in the Intermazionali  BNL d’Italia. A delighted Nadal takes it 6-4, 7-5 and he will play countryman David Ferrer in tomorrow’s semi-final.

1555: Not only has Nadal held but some forceful, including a sublime backhand pass, has allowed him to break the Berdych serve to 15. Rafa will serve for the match at 6-5.

1547: Berdych comes through a difficult topsy-turvy service game and now Nadal will serve to stay in the second set at 4-5.

1532: Another classic game and Nadal finds that something to break back to 4-3 with a forehand pass.

1520: Wow. Berdych has broken the Nadal serve. A classic sliced backhand winner at 15-40 makes it 4-2. What has Rafa got now?

1511: The reason this is such a good match is not just down to Nadal. Berdych is in great form having got to the final of Madrid last week and he is showing just why. He produced a break point on the Nadal serve but Rafa came back and it’s now 2-2 in the second set.

1446: What a set. Nadal wins it 6-4 and is ecstatic. Berdych has played well but Nadal much better in an entertaining, high class 46 minutes of tennis.

1432: Nadal is playing well here, very well. Some glorious forehand winners ensuring Berdych is not getting a sniff at the moment. But the Czech is tough and is holding serve. Nadal leads 4-3 with the break.

1405: Immediate break for Nadal who is looking in imperious form already. Berdych serves two break points from 0-40 but cannot save a third with Nadal hitting a dreamy forehand crosscourt winner.

1357: Ferrer is the first men’s semi-finalist. A workmanlike performance but extremely effective and it’s been an excellent week for the Spaniard. 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 he’s beaten a stubborn Gasquet by and he will play Berdych or Nadal tomorrow. Talking of which Berdych will get us underway.

1355: Ferrer has broken out of the blue (quite appropriate given his shirt colour). He has taken apart the Gasquet serve and will now look to close out the match at 5-3.

1343: Nadal v Berdych is about to begin. It’s been a good week for the second seed so far and he has won three of his four sets by a 6-1 scoreline. Berdych has also impressed and he has yet to drop a set either. Nadal has won 11 of the 14 meetings between the pair (including the last 10), last one was at this year’s Australian Open.

1332: Ferrer, now wearing blue, and Gasquet, now in red, exchange breaks of serves in the first two games of the second set. It’s 1-1 and this could run and run.

1320: Ferrer, helped by a Gasuet double fault, comes back from 3-4 down in the tiebreak to win the next four points and take a one set lead.

1312: It’s gone to a first set ‘breaker on Supertennis. Who can hold their nerve?

1254: Fightback for Gasquet. It’s 4-4 and he appears to have the momentum and crowd on side at the moment.

1244: Ferrer has broken the Gasquet serve and now has the 4-2 first set advantage. The Spaniard appears to be a real dark horse for this tournament. He’s not dropped a set yet.

1225: Slow start on Supertennis Arena. Gasquet leads 2-1 with serve. Ferrer has a 6-1 career record including victory at this year’s Australian Open.

1202: Good morning/afternoon/evening and welcome to quarter-final day of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. We have Ferrer v Gasquet about to start. Then it’s Berdych v Nadal, Djokovic v Tsonga and finally Federer v Seppi. Prediction time? I’m going Ferrer in two, Nadal in two, Djokovic in three and Federer in three. What do you reckon? Tweet me with your predictions @ianbakersport.

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