The 2011 Indian Wells Open men’s singles semi final matches will be played today back-to-back beginning at 11am local time in Indian Wells, California by 4 Grand Slam singles champions. The first semi final is between No.1 seed Rafael NADAL and Juan Martin DEL POTRO then it’s the battle for the No.2 ranking Novak DJOKOVIC and Roger FEDERER.
In fact those four players combined are the only 4 men to win a Grand Slam singles title since the 2005 Australian Open. Pictured above is former World No.1 Roger Federer driving through a single-handed backhand at the 2010 Canadian Open. The 16-time Grand Slam singles champion is a former Indian Wells champion after winning for 3 years in a row – 2004-2006.
The 29-year-old Federer has a 13-8 record against Novak Djokovic with the pair splitting the past 8 matches 4 wins each. The 23-year-old Djokovic has won both matches these two have played in 2011 and both in straight sets. The winner of this semi final will be ranked No.2 on Monday when the new rankings are released.
Djokovic is on a streak and Federer badly wants to get his No.1 ranking back to equal and beat the all-time record for weeks ranked at No.1 that Pete Sampras holds by 1 week over Federer (285 to 285). Federer has increased the number of tournaments he has played since losing in the quarter finals of Wimbledon last year in a strong push to build his ranking points.
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Current World No.1 Rafael Nadal is a 9-time Grand Slam singles champion and won Indian Wells in 2007 and 2009. The 24-year-old left hander lost in the semi finals here last year against big hitting eventual champion Ivan Ljubicic. The big hitting 1.98m del Potro has won the last 3 matches in a row against Nadal including the past two matches in straight sets.In their most recent match the 22-year-old del Potro from Argentina defeated Nadal 6-2,6-2, 6-2 in the semi finals at the 2009 US Open before taking Federer out in the 5th set in the singles final.
Del Potro moved up to No.4 after the 2010 Australian Open but then missed 9 months after having right wrist surgery. He has been burning up the hard courts winning his last ten matches and setting a new personal best at Indian Wells by making the semi finals. Starting 2011 at No.258 del Potro is currently ranked at No.90, so required entry via his injury protected ranking.
To see the FULL 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play, prize money and ATP ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event click-> Indian Wells 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play.
The 2011 Indian Wells Open Men’s singles quarter finals draw is:
- Rafael NADAL (1) v Juan Martin DEL POTRO (4) Soderling
- Novak DJOKOVIC (3) v (2) Roger FEDERER
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