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Will the fierce terrier from Spain wear down the German veteran? (Photo: Christopher Levy for Tennis Grandstand) In the men’s semifinals at the Sony Open, two underdogs with elegant one-handed backhands face two top-five men with more functional two-handers.  While both of the underdogs have continued to sizzle through the draw after catching fire earlier this week, they face opponents designed to cool off such torrid streaks. Tommy Haas vs. David Ferrer:  Many a less experienced man would have contented themselves with the spectacular upset over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic that Haas delivered in the fourth round.  Too hardened a veteran to succumb to that sort of hangover, the German followed that victory with another commanding effort against Gilles Simon.  Not since 2001 has he won a Masters 1000 shield, his only triumph at that level, but some already have drawn comparisons to Ivan Ljubicic’s autumnal surge at Indian Wells three years ago.  Turning 35 next week, Haas has faced Da...
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