2012 French Open: TK's Picks Day 13

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIJune 7, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 06:  Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on during a break in his men's singles quarter final match against Nicolas Almagro of Spain during day 11 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 6, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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After a great women's semifinal on Thursday, I'm even more excited for the men's semifinals on Friday.

Two of the four are two of the greatest of all time, and Novak Djokovic is showing that he could eventually be up there with them. Only David Ferrer lacks a Grand Slam among the final four.

I think both matches will be competitive and good clay-court battles. It's also the same four I picked at the start of the tournament. I went 1-1 in the women's semifinals, taking my tournament totals to 63-19. Here's my look at the men's semifinals.


No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 6 David Ferrer

Nadal has been crushing opponent after opponent. I think Ferrer has the best chance of anyone so far to give Nadal a run for his money. However, that doesn't mean he'll take a set from him. I think Ferrer will play two really close sets, and then Nadal will pull away in the third.

Nadal has looked more dominant than I've ever seen him. He's focused and determined to win this title, and no one will stop him.

Winner: Nadal in three sets


No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 3 Roger Federer

This should be another classic between these two. I don't think either one has played their best tennis here; however, they know how to survive and get to the semifinals. I think they bring out the best in each other, and this will be a great match.

Djokovic has had Federer's number over the last few years in the slams, with the exception being last year's French Open. Djokovic wants to complete the "Nole slam." I think he will give himself the opportunity to do that.

Winner: Djokovic in five sets