There was no stunning comeback for Tommy Robredo as fourth-seeded David Ferrer beat him 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 Tuesday at the French Open. Ferrer won the all-Spanish match to reach the semifinals without dropping a set.
Robredo got to the quarterfinals by becoming the first man since Henri Cochet at Wimbledon in 1927 to win three straight Grand Slam matches from two sets down. But on Tuesday, he couldn't repeat the feat.
Ferrer will play his second semifinal at Roland Garros against either No. 2 Roger Federer or No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He won seven titles last season, the most for any player on the tour.
A former top-10 player, Robredo missed this tournament the past two years because of a left-leg injury that required surgery.
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Serena Williams came from behind in the third set Tuesday and advanced to the French Open semifinals for the first time since 2003 when she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Williams had been beaten the last four times she reached the Roland Garros quarterfinals, most recently in 2010. The 15-time Grand Slam champion won her only French Open title in 2002.
Against Kuznetsova, Williams overcame an inconsistent serve, erratic groundstrokes and a 2-love deficit in the final set. She won five consecutive games and then closed the victory with a forehand winner and a scream.
Her opponent Thursday will be 2012 runner-up Sara Errani, who advanced by beating No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 7-6 (6).
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Sara Errani of Italy showed her surprising run to last year's French Open final was no fluke, beating fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 7-6 (6) Tuesday to reach the semifinals.
The fifth-seeded Errani will next face top-seeded Serena Williams.
Errani rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second set to break for a 5-4 lead, but she then failed to serve out the match. However, she did not falter in the tiebreaker, converting her second match point when Radwanska hit a backhand wide.
Radwanska was the first Polish woman to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in the Open era, which started in 1968.