Rafa Slam is History
An injury to his inner hamstring in the first set hampered Rafael Nadal’s movement, that along with David Ferrer’s smart aggressive play ended the quest of the “Rafa Slam.’Â Final score – Ferrer defeated Nadal 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Nadal: Last year I had a fantastic year. This year the year just start. Last year in the beginning I had problems, too, and finally was the best season of my career. I think is almost impossible to repeat that. But remain a lot, and remain a lot to have hopefully really good moments, and at the same time, too, really negative moments.
So this is one of bad ones, one of negative moments. That’s part of the sport. I think I am very, very lucky sportsman about what happened in my career. And I have to accept the fantastic moments that I had during a lot of years with the same calm that when I have problems. And if I am ready to accept both things with I think let’s say everything the same, I going to be able to come back and play my best tennis another time.
When Andy Murray zoomed out to a 4-1 lead in the first set, one thought he was headed for a beatdown over Aleandr Dolgopolov. The Ukranian gave Murray a fight which lasted four sets- game, set, match to Murray 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.Â Murray will face Ferrer in the semifinal.
Kim Clijsters advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Agnieska Radwanska. Clijsters go the job done but at times was error prone and appeared uninterested.
Vera Zvonareva held back Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4. She’ll face Kim Clijsters in one semifinal.
No Petko dance – Na Li has returned to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic.
Whoâ€™s your Daddy?
Stan Wawrinka – his solid play against Â Andy Â RoddickÂ turned into ” no masâ€œ against Â Roger Federer. Â Federerâ€™s destruction of Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 almost felt like the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals.
Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych 6-1, 7-6, 6-1.
Game, Set and Match of the Quarterfinals
For a set and-a-halfÂ Francesca Schiavone was “schooling” Caroline Wozniacki on slicing dicing and point construction. Not bad for a woman who played a four hour and 44 minute match on less than 48 hours.Â Exhaustion eventually set in but the Italian never stopped fighting. Bound to stir up controversy was Wozniacki’s medical time out at the end of the first set where she had an upper thigh taped. During the course of the match Wozniacki ripped the tape off in between points. Game, set and match Wozniacki 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. She’ll face Li Na in one of the semifinals on Thursday.
Despite losing, Francesca Schiavone won over more fans with her play this Australian Open fortnight.