Cincinnati 2010 Men’s Semi Finals

©photo credit:Philip Ip

Last updated 21 August at 8:25pm in Cincinnati. See the latest results below…

The 2010 Cincinnati Open men’s main draw singles quarter final matches are now complete. In 3 of the 4 quarter final matches the lower ranked player came out on top in a spectacular day of upsets. Last year in Cincinnati the Top 4 seeds all made the semi finals as they did last week at the Canadian Open but they were outplayed in these quarter finals.

OCA will keep you updated with the semi final results as the matches are completed right here on this post. Tune in as both semi finals are set to be great battles. Defending Cincinnati singles champion Roger Federer was the only Top seed to survive.

Federer is attempting to win his 4th Cincinnati Open after winning in 2005, 2007 and 2009. The 16-time Grand Slam singles champion also has 16 ATP Masters 1000 titles 1 behind Andre Agassi and 2 behind the record holder Rafael Nadal.

In the first quarter final match American wild card Mardy Fish defeated No.4 seed Andy Murray for the 3rd straight time this year and for the 2nd time in a row in a final set tie-break. The 28 year old Fish now leads Murray 4-3 in their encounters and further improves his record on the American hard courts over the past few weeks. Fish plays another Andy next in a rematch of the 2003 Cincinnati Men’s Singles Final.

The 1.88m Fish has been on a streak of hot form beginning with being the runner-up at the famous grass court events at Queens Club in London, followed by winning the singles title at Newport Rhode Island also on grass. Fish then won Atlanta on hard court and defeated his next opponent in Cincinnati, Andy Roddick in straight sets just one month ago to break a 9 match winning streak by Roddick to move to 2-9 against Roddick.

In the second quarter final match another American, No.9 seed Andy Roddick won his 4th straight match against No.2 seed Novak Djokovic and for the 3rd straight time without dropping a set, 6-4 7-5. The 27 year old Roddick now leads Djokovic 5-2 in their head to head battles.

The 1.88m former World No.1 has won the Cincinnati singes title twice (in 2003 and 2006), including winning the 2003 final against Fish in a final set tie-break. The 2003 US Open singles champion has won 5 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles titles all on hard courts (2 Cincinnati Open’s, 2 Miami Open’s 2004 and 2010 plus 1 Canadian Open in 2003).

In the third quarter final match of the day 29 year old Roger Federer of Switzerland and defending Cincinnati Open singles champion beat Nikolay Davydenko for the 2nd straight time and both this year, 6-4 7-5 by the same score as Roddick’s win over Djokovic. Federer won the first 12 matches he played against Davydenko before losing twice in a row. Federer now holds a 14-2 record against the Russian.

Federer is captured in this great picture above by Philip Ip of Hong Kong at last weeks Rogers Cup in Toronto just after his racquet made contact with the ball during his forehand ground stroke. The 4-time ATP Tour Finals champion next plays Marcos Baghdatis in a rematch of the 2006 Australian Open singles final.

In the last quarter final match of the day 25 year old Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus recorded his 2nd victory this year over a current World No.1 player at a major tournament. The 1.83m Baghdatis upset World No.1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 for the first time in his career to move to 1-6 in their head to head battles. Just one year ago at this event Baghdatis lost in the 1st round of the qualifying event!

Baghdatis has already recorded his career best result at Cincinnati by making the semi finals and has equalled his best result in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. The 2006 Australian Open singles runner-up also made the semi finals at the 2007 Paris Open Masters before losing to Nadal.

Baghdatis had also lost all 6 matches that he played against Federer until they met at the 2010 Indian Wells Open. In a phenomenal match in which Federer held match point before Baghdatis came back to take the final set tie-break by 7 points to 4. Baghdatis just like Fish, is riding a wave of confidence and form at the after being the runner-up in the singles final in Washington just a couple of weeks ago.

The player’s name that is bolded in the semi final singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Any player whose name is italicised and has his first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the semi finals.

The 2010 Cincinnati Open semi final draw is:

  1. (1) Nadal Marcos Baghdatis versus (3) Roger Federer
  2. (4) Murray (WC) Mardy Fish v. (9) Andy Roddick (2) Djokovic

The order of play for Day 8 – Saturday 21 August is:

  1. 2pm on the Stadium Court Fish defeated Roddick 4-6, 7-6 (7-30, 6-1
  2. 7pm on Stadium Baghdatis lost to Federer 4-6 3-6

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