Tennis: Ferrer flops as Chinese Taipei's Lu sets up Isner final
AUCKLAND (AFP) - Defending champion David Ferrer crashed out of tennis' Auckland Open semi-finals on Friday when Chinese Taipei's Lu Yen-Hsun staged a stunning upset to set up a tournament decider against American John Isner.
Lu defeated the world No.3 and top seed 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), shattering the Spaniard's dream of winning a record-breaking fifth Auckland title and denting his confidence ahead of next week's Australian Open Grand Slam.
Lu's opponent in the final, Isner, almost fell victim to an upset himself, coming back from the brink to beat unseeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
The Taiwanese showed virtually no sign of nerves playing in his first semi-final since joining the ATP tour in 2001, while the normally unflappable Ferrer yelled at himself in frustration as the match slipped away.