Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wimbledon Semifinals (Men's)

Down to the Final Four on the men's side with the big story being Roger Federer's inability to close out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after winning the first two sets. It was the first time in something like 179 matches that Federer has failed to close out a match that he led 2 sets to 0. Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all advanced. Here's a breakdown of the semifinal matchups:

(1) Rafael Nadal (Spain) vs (4) Andy Murray (Great Britain)

This will be the 16th time that Nadal and Murray have met in competition with Nadal winning 11 of the first 15 matchups including the last three. This will also be the third time that Nadal and Murray have met at Wimbledon, as they also met in the 2010 semifinals and the 2008 quarterfinals with Nadal winning both matches in straight sets. While Murray does only have four wins against Nadal, half of those have come at Grand Slams as he defeated him in the 2008 U.S. Open semifinals and the 2010 Australian Open quarterfinals.

(12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) vs  (2) Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Tsonga is coming off a huge come-from-behind win over Roger Federer as he rallied after dropping the first two sets. He's likely to cause trouble for Djokovic as well he's beaten the #2 player in the world 5 times in 7 tries. Tsonga knocked Djokovic out of the 2010 Australian Open in the quarterfinals in their last meeting in a match that went the full 5 sets.

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