Rowan here, after quarterfinals day at the Heineken Open. After all the three setters yesterday the contenders stepped up and won convincingly today, still good matches though, except for the one that never happened. Juan Martin del Potro smoked Victor Troicki, Robin Soderling smoked big John Isner, Sam Querrey smoked Nicolas Almagro (Sam was looking very sharp in that match, I am impressed) and David Ferrer advanced when Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew with a shoulder injury. Total bummer there, especially because Juan Carlos Ferrero was only two points away from beating Kohlschreiber last night, and if he had we would have got Ferrer vs Ferrero today instead of Ferrer vs nobody. It’s bizarre, PK looked fine in the big long match last night, didn’t call for the trainer once, he was playing excellent tennis. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, he must have woken up very sore today. But it's disappointing. I know players want to stay as fit as possible for the Australian Open, but come on Phil, you were the defending champion here in Auckland, it’s kind of important.I am glad Ferrer is through to the semis, I like him a lot. Tough semifinals tomorrow, Del Potro vs Soderling and Querrey vs Ferrer. The New Zealand tennis swing is almost over! Stay sunny Auckland!