The U.S. Open semifinals are rapidly approaching, but one major name will be absent from the draws. Roger Federer was eliminated by Tomas Berdych in quarterfinal action Wednesday evening.
With Federer no longer in the mix, it appears like Novak Djokovic's path to a repeat is cleared. Andy Murray won a heart-wrenching quarterfinal match over Marin Cilic, but Djoker is the obvious favorite.
The women's side is a bit different. Calling Serena Williams dominant so far would be a massive understatement, but her competition has been very good as well. Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka can both challenge her.
Let's find out where you can catch this year's semifinal action:
Women's Semifinals: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. ET, CBS
Men's Semifinals: 12 p.m.-6 p.m. ET, CBS
Players to Watch
Djokovic was anticipating a finals matchup against Fed-Ex, but Berdych made that a moot point with his stunning four-set victory over the five-time U.S. Open champion on Wednesday.
Now, Djoker is all on his own. He will face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals following the Argentinian's victory over Andy Roddick.
Djoker has been spot on so far at Flushing Meadows, but his path won't be easy. Del Potro is talented, and Murray still looms in front of him in a potential finals matchup.
Murray struggled to defeat Cilic, but he overcame a double-break point in the second set to earn the win.
Look for that momentum, and the emotion that goes with it, to propel him against Berdych. He overcame adversity, and he could be on the path to his first U.S. Open finals appearance since 2008.
Berdych has a plethora of momentum as well after unseating the tournament's No. 1 seed, but I expect his luck to run out against Murray.
If you watched his inspiring performance against Cilic, you would understand why.
I could mention Williams here, but there's really nothing to say. She's been unconscious throughout the tournament and looks like a shoo-in for the women's final.
Sharapova used a rain delay to her advantage in her quarterfinal victory over Marion Bartoli. She lost the first set 6-3, but rallied to win the next two sets and the match.
I'm not knocking Azarenka, but I would be surprised if Sharapova doesn't move past her in the semis. The momentum she gained from her victory over Bartoli will go a long way, and she figured out her first-serve accuracy.
Her semifinal matchup against Azarenka will be tight, but a potential finals pairing with Williams would be epic.
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