The 2011 Australian Open men’s main draw singles quarter final matches have been completed. The 1st round began with 128 players in action, 32 of them were seeded players, 16 were Qualifiers (Q) and 8 were Wild Cards (WC). The bottom half of the draw will play their semi final matches first i.e. No.2 seed Roger FEDERER’s section of the draw.
On Friday 28 January the top half of the draw’s semi final match will be played i.e. No.1 seed Rafael Nadal’s section of the draw. In an impressive display by fellow Spaniard David FERRER, Nadal was knocked out in 3 straight sets last night.
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The 2011 Australian Open men’s singles draw for the semi finals is:
- (1) Nadal David FERRER (7) v (5) Andy MURRAY Soderling (4)
- (3) Novak DJOKOVIC v (2) Roger FEDERER
The head-to-head match ups for the semi finals:
In the 1st semi final Federer leads Djokovic with 13 wins to 6. Federer won their last 3 encounters in 2010, whilst Djokovic won the time before that – in the US Open semi finals.
In the 2nd semi final Ferrer leads Murray with 3 wins to 2. Murray won the most recent encounter at the 2010 year-end ATP Tour Finals in London 6-2 6-2 on hard courts. Ferrer has won all 3 matches the pair have played on clay and Murray has won both matches they have played on hard courts.
The schedule of play for the semi final matches is:
On Rod Laver Arena at 7:30pm on Thursday 27 January: Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 6-4
On Rod Laver Arena at 7:30pm on Friday 28 January: David Ferrer v Andy Murray
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