Australian Open 2012 Men’s Semi Finals

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can anybody give me their best (educated) guess as to which semi final Roger Federer would be seeded to feature in. Either the thurs 26th one or fri 27th affair…..”

The first men’s semi final of the 2012 Australian Open is played on Thursday 26 January. The second semi final is played on Friday 27 January. However, there is no way to REALLY know which semi final Roger Federer will be seeded to feature in, prior to the draw taking place. For the full details for the Men’s schedule of play for the entire tournament, prize money and ranking points details click this link-> 2012 Australian Open Men’s Schedule


An important thing to consider is at what number will Federer be seeded. Federer is ranked at No.3 due to the fact that he is 790 ATP ranking points ahead of Andy Murray. The seeding for the Australian Open men’s singles draw will follow the ATP rankings that are released on Monday 9 January. This means that the ranking points earned at the two ATP tournaments conducted in the week prior to the Australian Open will NOT count in the selection of the seeds for the Australian Open.

In the first week of January, Murray is playing in the Brisbane International and Federer is playing in the Qatar Open. All tournaments in January prior to the Australian Open are 250 category ATP events, which means Federer is pretty safe in remaining as the No.3 seed for the Australian Open.

When the Australian Open draw is done the No.1 seed (Novak Djokovic) is placed in the top half of the draw and the No.2 seed (Rafael Nadal) is placed in the bottom half of the draw, so they are unable to meet each other until the Men’s Singles Final. Next, the No.3 and No.4 seed are drawn randomly with the first number drawn going into the top half of the draw with the No.1 seed and the other seed going into the bottom half of the draw with the No.2 seed. There is no set order like it’s No.1 versus No.4 in the semi finals and No.2 versus No.3 OR No.1 v. No.3 and No.2 v. No.4. Therefore, you cannot predict which semi final date the No.3 seed or No.4 seed will be playing on as yet.

The earliest possible time to find out whether the semi final that Federer is seeded to play in is on Friday 13 January. The official Australian Open 2012 draw takes place at 10am that morning, which means you will then know which half of the draw Federer is on, either the top half or the bottom half of the draw. Later that day the tournament organisers will decide on and release the schedule of play for Monday 15 January. Once this has been announced then you will know which half of the draw they chose to play first and whichever half begins first will be the half of the draw that plays the first semi final on Thursday 26 January.

Your question raises some interesting points.

  1. Do you think it is in the best interests of tennis for the semi finalists to be placed in a set order like No.1 plays No.4 and No.2 plays No.3 at every tournament or do you think the way it is done now is better and WHY?
  2. Do you think the tournaments should do the draw on the same day that the seeding will follow? This would maximise the possibility for fans to actually see their favourite player, give people more time to plan the days they will buy tickets for and to buy their tickets. Most importantly, it would increase the likelihood that the tennis consumer will be satisfied at the same time.
  3. Do you think it would provide a better Men’s Singles Final and spectacle if both semi finals were played on the same day?


  1. Dear reader,

    Firstly, thank you so much for visiting and commenting on OnCourt Advantage. Yes the Thursday 26 January men’s semi final will feature the winner of the Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych quarter final versus the winner of the Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Porto quarter final. Nadal and Berdych played in the 2010 Wimbledon singles final and del Potro and Federer played in the 2009 US Open singles final. This bottom half of the draw – Day 11, semi final will be played at 7:30pm Melbourne time.


  2. Pls put me out of my misery! I have tickets for Thursday men’s semi finals and if There is a day’s rest between these big matches then djokovic is unlikely to play QF till Wednesday. Which means his semi would be on Friday. Which means federer will play nadal on Thursday! Am I right!?
    Then again, Surely with my luck I will end up having djokovic vs Murray!! yawn!

  3. Hi Donna,

    Firstly, thank you so much for visiting and commenting on OnCourt Advantage. The Australian Open schedule sees the bottom of the draw for the men’s singles played first i.e. on Day 1 Monday 16 January where the No.2 seed is placed in the draw. The Australian Open schedule works on an alternate day plan, this means because Nadal and Federer are playing their first match on Day 1. If Nadal and Federer continually wins their matches, they will play on all of the odd numbered days i.e. Days 1,3,5,7,9 and 11. Day 11 (Thursday 26 January) is the 2nd Semi Final day and that would be the semi final that Federer and Nadal’s half of the draw would play and at 7:30pm Melbourne time.


  4. Hi there

    Your explanation above is very useful, thanks very much for that. I just don’t want to buy a ticket with the hope to watch either Federer/Nadal to play and end it up watching a different section of the draw.

    Btw, assuming Federer and Nadal both go through to the Semi Finals, based on your explanation above, it seems like their 2012 Semi Finals match will be on Thursday 26 January instead of Friday 27 January. Please let me know if my understanding is not correct.

    Many thanks

  5. Hi Scott,

    Firstly, thank you so much for visiting and commenting on OnCourt Advantage. If Nadal and Federer both win through to the quarter finals then they will be playing on the same day (Tuesday 24 January) and so too will the top half of the women’s draw where No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.3 Victoria Azarenka, No.5 Li Na and No.8 Agnieszka Radwanska are seeded to make the quarter finals. As both men and women’s quarter finals need to be played that day there is not very much chance of both Nadal and Federer playing the night session for that reason and quite a few more reasons. For example, it would be especially tough on the men who play the 2nd quarter final of the night if the 1st men’s quarter final is a long 5-set match as it would force the 2nd night session quarter finals into the early hours of the morning (also not good for the spectators!).

    Expect one in the day session and one in the night session. Three of the key factors in determining who plays in either session are what is best for the success of Australian Open, what would be the best balance for TV ratings and what is fair to the players (in both the men and women’s draws).


  6. Hi

    If Nadal and Federer both progress to the quarter finals – will they both play in the night session or one during the day and one at night? If only one of them is scheduled to play in the night session how is it decided? By TV and what they deem the best 1/4 final is for prime time viewing?

    Thank you

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  8. Hi Linda,

    Firstly, thank you so much for visiting and commenting on OnCourt Advantage. The Australian Open schedule sees the bottom half of the draw for the men’s singles played first where Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are now seeded to play-off in the semi finals. The Australian Open schedule works on an alternate day plan. This means because Federer is playing on Day 1, if he continually wins his matches, he will play on all the odd number days except for the final i.e. Days 1,3,5,7,9 and 11. Day 9 (Tuesday 24 January) is the Quarter Final day but we won’t know if Federer will be played in the day or evening session until the schedule is done at around 6pm (Melbourne time) the day before that Quarter Final. The 1st semi final would be Federer’s half of the draw and that will be played at 7:30pm on Day 11 – Thursday 26 January.


  9. hi the draw is out now.. do you know which day/night federer will play in the quarter, and also which date for semi? Thankss

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