The final four on the men’s and women‘s side is set after a rather routine day in the quarterfinals.
On the men’s side, the usual suspects all remain as the top three seeds are all still breathing.
No. 1 seeded Roger Federer was his usual scrappy self by beating American John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (5). The Swiss legend is now one win away from clinching his first singles medal of his career.
It’s one of the only accomplishments that doesn’t appear on the 17-time Grand Slam winners resume, and you can bet the 30-year-old is dying to change that.
No. 2 ranked Novak Djokovic cruised past No. 5 ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-5 in a rather predictable match. Djokster appears to be in top form.
The No. 3 ranked Andy Murray easily beat No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-1 after a shoulder injury in the second set severely damaged the Spaniard.
In the other quarterfinal matchup, No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro, struggled at times, but ultimately prevailed over No. 15 Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6.
On the women’s side, the story was once again Serena Williams.
She destroyed No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki 6-0, 6-3 to breeze into the semis. There is no question she is the player to beat on the women’s side. She also advanced alongside sister Venus in the doubles tournament, easily dispatching of Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1 ranked Victoria Azarenka cruised past No. 7 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5.
No. 14 Maria Kirilenko knocked off No. 6 Petra Kvitova 7-6, 6-3 in the only upset of the day. She’ll be facing fellow Russian Maria Sharapova, who knocked off Kim Clijsters 6-2, 7-5. Sharapova registered 25 winners to only eight for Clijsters, who plans to retire later this year after the U.S. Open.
No. 1 Roger Federer d. No. 10 John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 2 Novak Djokovic d. No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-5
No. 3 Andy Murray d. No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-1
No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro d. No. 15 Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6
No. 1 Victoria Azarenka d. No. 7 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 Maria Sharapova d. Kim Clijsters 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 Serena Williams d. No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki 6-0, 6-3
No. 14 Maria Kirilenko d. No. 6 Petra Kvitova 7-6, 6-3
Federer is moving with the sort of footwork and stamina of somebody that looks much younger than his 30 years of age. His Wimbledon win proved to the world that he should be in the argument for greatest tennis player of all-time, and topping it all off with a gold medal at the Olympics would be the icing on the cake.
No. 8-seeded del Potro stands in his way. The Argentinian has been very consistent in London, but has been aided by less-than-stellar competition. Federer leads their head-to-head matchup 12-2 all-time, so expect Federer to advance with the opportunity to win gold.
And that’s only the second most exciting semifinal matchup.
Djokovic hasn’t played the best tennis of his career lately, but still is the strong favorite over the hometown favorite Murray. These are two of the best athletes left, and you can’t help but be reminded of their epic Australian Open semifinal matchup
This should be a treat for all fans of the sport.
As for the women, Serena looks unstoppable of late, and holds an 8-1 head-to-head record over Azrenka. Don’t be fooled by the rankings of this match, it would be a shocker if Williams doesn’t advance.
Then there is the all-Russian battle between Sharapova and Kirlenko. This is surprisingly only the sixth time the two will have played each other, with Sharapova holding the slight 3-2 advantage.
All four matches promise to be thrilling and I think it’s safe to say that the emphasis on tennis for the Olympics has really paid off. The All England Club is going to provide some outstanding tennis in the next few days.