Madrid 2010 Men’s Semi Finals

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The quarter finals at the 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open men’s singles event have been completed. Today both matches will be played on Court Manolo Santana.

The 1st match of the day will be No.2 seed Rafael Nadal against countryman Nicolas Almagro at 2pm local time in Madrid and the 2nd men’s semi final will be at 8pm and is between No.1 seed Roger Federer and No.9 seed David Ferrer. Nadal and Federer will be trying to set up a repeat of the 2009 Madrid singles final.

For the 3rd time in a row in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments 3 Spaniards have made the semi finals. Both Almagro and Nadal have not dropped a set in Madrid and are in great form, setting the scene for a repeat of their last encounter in which Nadal won 7-5 in the 3rd and final set at the 2009 Paris Masters in November.

This week the 24 year old Almagro took out the man who beat Nadal at the 2009 French Open, No.4 seed Robin Soderling. The 1.83m former World No.11 is playing in his 1st semi final of a Masters 1000 event and has the added confidence in knowing that he improved immensely in their last clash. The 2008 French Open quarter finalist will have to play his best and remain aggressive throughout the match whilst not committing too many unforced errors in the process.

Federer and Nadal will be desperate to advance to the final so will be tough to stop. The 28 year old Ferrer leads the ATP Tour with 33 match wins and despite his 0-9 head to head record against Federer, has taken him to a 3rd and final set in 2 of their past 3 metings. The 1.75m former World No.4 is on the best winning streak of his career and made his 1st Masters 1000 final in Rome last week.

Ferrer, the 2007 US Open semi finalist has recorded his best result of his career in all 3 Masters 1000 events in 2010. If his pattern continues he will win Madrid after being a finalist in Rome and semi finalist in Monte Carlo prior to that. Ferrer will have to return very well and try to break down Federer’s forehand which can desert him at times, combined with trying to force Federer into error as much as possible. Counter punching and running down loads of shots will not be enough to upset Federer.

For further details about the men’s singles schedule, including when the final will be played, you can visit -> Madrid Men’s Schedule of Play.

The results from yesterday’s quarter finals were:

  • (1) Federer d. Gulbis 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
  • (9) Ferrer d. (3) Murray 7-5 6-3
  • Almagro d. Melzer 6-3 6-1
  • (2) Nadal d. (12) Monfils 6-1 6-3

The men’s singles semi final draw is:

  • (1) Roger Federer v. (9) David Ferrer (3) Murray
  • (4) Soderling Nicolas Almagro v. (2) Rafael Nadal

The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match.  The players names who have  a line drawn through them, are the seeded players who were expected to reach the semi finals, but have been eliminated from that spot in the draw.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.

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