Canada 2010 Men’s Semi Finals

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Last updated 14 August at 9:35pm in Canada. See the latest results below…

The 2010 Canadian Open men’s main draw singles quarter final matches are now complete. The Top 4 seeds for the first time in this tournament’s history won through to set up a dream semi final day.  The world’s best 4 players have all won the singles title in Canada before and will do battle again for the opportunity to play for the title in the Men’s Singles Final in Toronto.

OCA will keep you updated with all of the semi final results as matches are completed, right here on this post. Both semi final matches are scheduled for today and will be played on Centre Court. The player’s name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. The prediction is for the players wearing pink shirts this week: Nadal and Federer to be knocked out today.

The 2010 Rogers Cup in Toronto semi final singles draw is:

  1. (1) Rafel Nadal lost to (4) Andy Murray 3-6 4-6
  2. (3) Roger Federer defeated (2) Novak Djokovic 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

The order of play for Day 8 – Saturday 14 August is:

  1. 3pm: Nadal v. Murray
  2. 7pm: Federer v. Djokovic

Pictured above is 23 year old Andy Murray from Scotland just after the contact with the ball and his racquet for this forehand ground stroke. The 1.9m 2009 singles champion at the Canadian Open uses the HEAD YouTek Radical Pro tennis racquet. If you are in Hong Kong and want Andy’s racquet or advice on which racquet would be the best for you to use, just email info@oncourtadvantage.com.

Murray has won 2 Masters 1000 tournaments a year for the past 2 years and will be doing his best to keep that record in tact this year. Murray has won all four of his Masters 1000 singles titles on hard courts, the 2008 Madrid Open, then the 2008 Cincinnati Open followed by the 2009 Miami Open and the 2009 Canadian Open.

Murray’s head to head record against World No.1 Rafael Nadal is 3 wins and 8 losses. In their most recent match Nadal defeated Murray in straight sets on the grass courts at Wimbledon this year. After his quarter final win against Philipp Kohlschreiber, Nadal was asked whether Murray is more difficult to beat on hard court and he said, “I think so, yes. I think here is the favorite surface for him. The hard court I think is the surface that is more difficult to beat him.”

Murray has won 3 of their last 4 matches on hard courts including in the semi finals of both the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open. Murray needs to play aggressively just as he did against Nadal at the Australian Open and in his win against David Nalbandian in yesterday’s quarter final.

Murray won his first match against Nalbandian after losing their first 2 matches. Murray commented on his form against Nalbandian, “It was one of the best matches I’ve played this year probably. I served well today and got the first good hits in in a lot of the rallies, so I was able to dictate a lot of the points. I didn’t give him that many looks at second serves on any tight points and came up with big first serves when I needed them. That definitely helped.”

In the 2nd match of the day 29 year old Roger Federer of Switzerland goes into his match against 23 year old Novak Djokovic with a 9 wins and 5 losses advantage in their previous matches. The last meeting between these two was in Federer’s hometown in Basel, Switzerland in the final where the 1.88m Djokovic prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Djokovic won the 2007 Canadian Open and already has beaten Federer in big matches at major tournaments.

In fact the Serbian has won 5 and lost 5 in the last 10 matches against Federer after losing their first 4 matches when he was just 19 and 20 years old and new on the tour. After his quarter final victory over Jeremy Chardy, Djokovic spoke about playing Federer next, “I guess I have to really try to be focused from the start and be patient and wait for my chances and then use them.”

Federer trailed Tomas Berdych by 5 games to 2 in the final set. Berdych then served for the match at 5-3 before Federer narrowly escaped a 3rd straight loss to his quarter final opponent. Federer’s comeback win may have taken a lot out of him and he seemed very relieved and content with the win in his post match interview, “This is a great victory for me, great to stop him, good for me, for my confidence this week and next week and the following week.”

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