Australian Open 2013 Schedule: Day 11 TV Schedule, Matches and Bracket Guide

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Australian Open 2013 Schedule: Day 11 TV Schedule, Matches and Bracket Guide
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The 11th day of action at the Australian Open has a lot to live up to after Day 10 saw Sloane Stephens upset an injured Serena Williams (3-6, 7-5, 6-4), and Roger Federer advance passed Jo Wilfried-Tsonga (7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3) in a five-set marathon.

The semifinals are set for both the men's and women's draw. Day 11 will bring even more clarity to the ultimate championship picture in Melbourne.

The biggest match on the day's schedule is on the women's side once again. Stephens will attempt to topple yet another elite player as she battles No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka.

This will be the first meeting between the two, but Vika will obviously be the heavy favorite because of experience and her current standing as world No. 1.

If Stephens can pull this upset, she may have officially arrived amongst the elite group in women's tennis. Here's how you can watch this match and other notables from Day 11 in Melbourne.

 

Rod Laver Arena 

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Men's Doubles - Semifinals - 7 pm ET - ESPN 3

(1) Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan [USA] vs. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini [ITA]

 

Women's Semifinals - Not Before 9:30 pm ET - ESPN 2

(6) Na Li [CHN] vs. (2) Maria Sharapova [RUS]

(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs. (29) Sloane Stephens [USA]

 

Men's Semifinals - Thursday, 3:30 am ET - ESPN 2

(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (4) David Ferrer [ESP]

 

Margaret Court Arena

Men's Doubles - Semifinals - 7 pm ET - ESPN 3

(3) Marcel Granolers/Marc Lopez [ESP] vs. Robin Haase/Igor Sijsling [NED]

 

Predictions For Day 11's Biggest Matches

Sharapova Will Earn Hard-Fought Win Over Na

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The career series between Sharapova and Na has been up and down. Both women have dominated the other for stretches. Sharapova won their first five meetings, Na the next four, with Sharapova taking the last three.

This time, Sharapova will outlast her Chinese rival with her sights set firmly on the crown—especially now that Williams has been ousted.

She's been playing great tennis in the tournament, and Na has never beaten her in a Grand Slam event.

 

Stephens Will Rattle Azarenka, But Fall Short In Epic Three-Set Match

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Who will win the women's title?

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This may be the best women's match of the tournament. Stephens' confidence has to be extremely high after beating Williams, and Azarenka could run into problems if she takes the 19-year-old American lightly.

Stephens is hungry and Azarenka's game is not as physically imposing as Williams.

Since the two have never met, the unfamiliarity may favor the underdog. That said, she still has to prove she can win the tough points against the tournament's top seed. 

I hesitate to doubt her after pulling off such a big win, but I've got to go with Vika in a thrilling match.

 

Djokovic Will Disperse Ferrer

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Ferrer will always give great effort and his stamina is perhaps his greatest quality. The same could be said for Djokovic, but interestingly enough, the two men have never played a five-set match against one another.

Who will win the men's title?

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Will this one be any different?

No.

Nole owns a 9-5 career advantage over Ferrer, and after two consecutive taxing matches against Stanislas Wawrinka (1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10) and Tomas Berdych (6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4), he'll capture a straight sets victory.

He's 8-2 against Ferrer on hard courts and that includes a 2-0 record over the Spaniard at the Australian Open.

 

Semifinals Pairings

Men's Draw

No. 1 Novak Djokovic/No.4 David Ferrer vs. No. 2 Roger Federer/No. 3 Andy Murray

 

Women's Draw

No. 1 Victoria Azarenka/No. 29 Sloane Stephens vs. No. 2 Maria Sharapova/No. 6 Li Na

 

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