All four favorites rolled on Wednesday at the 2013 French Open, as Day 11 featured plenty of phenomenal tennis but no major upsets.
In the women's draw, both Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka survived to set up an intriguing semifinal matchup on Thursday. Sharapova, the defending champion at Roland Garros, needed three sets to defeat Jelena Jankovic, who faded after dominating the opening set, via Roland Garros on Twitter:
The third-seeded Azarenka was in better form early, taking out 12th-seeded Maria Kirilenko in straight sets to reach the semifinals at the French Open for the first time in her career, as Roland Garros points out:
On the men's side, top dogs Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both cruised through their quarterfinal opponents in straight sets to guarantee an epic semifinal showdown between the two heavyweights on Friday.
With another day of tennis in the books, let's get you caught up on where everything stands after Day 11 at the 2013 French Open.
Day 11 Scores
|Novak Djokovic (1) defeats Tommy Haas (12)||6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5|
|Rafael Nadal (3) defeats Stanislas Wawrinka (9)||6-2, 6-3, 6-1|
|Maria Sharapova (2) defeats Jelena Jankovic (18)||0-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|Victoria Azarenka (3) defeats Maria Kirilenko (12)||7-6 (7-3), 6-2|
Rafael Nadal Wrings Out Stanislas Wawrinka
As expected, Rafael Nadal made short work of his opponent on Wednesday, breezing past ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka to win in straight sets for the third consecutive match.
Much like his fourth-round win over Kei Nishikori, Nadal looked sharp from the opening point, winning 93 percent of his first-serve points and recording 10 winners in the first set to put Wawrinka behind early.
Nadal wasn't satisfied, though, pouring it on late to break Wawrinka's will, via Roland Garros:
Over the final two sets, Nadal would smash 21 winners to just 10 unforced errors, outclassing his opponent and surging into the semifinals, via Roland Garros:
Rafa's dominance on Wednesday is best summed up by the following statistics: Nadal won 96 of the 160 total points and completed the straight-sets rout in under two hours.
Novak Djokovic Takes Out Tommy Haas
Determined to reach the semifinals for the third straight year, men's overall top seed Novak Djokovic overcame the upset-minded Tommy Haas on Wednesday, winning in straight sets to secure a berth in Friday's semifinals, per Roland Garros:
The 26-year-old Serb took control of the match early, breaking Haas twice and winning all four of his points at the net to claim the opening set, 6-3, per Roland Garros:
Djokovic breaks again to take the 1st set 6-3. #RG13— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) June 5, 2013
Haas would force the second set to a tiebreak, but Djokovic won the big points when he had to in order to take a commanding two-set lead.
But the 35-year-old German wouldn't surrender easily in the third set, battling for every point and breaking Djokovic late to nearly force another tiebreak.
But in the end, the six-time major winner was able to pull it out, taking the final set, 7-5, to advance and set up a mega-matchup with Nadal, via Roland Garros:
Maria Sharapova Comes Back Against Jelena Jankovic
Defending women's champion Maria Sharapova was on the ropes on Wednesday after dropping the opening set of her quarterfinal matchup against a dominant Jelena Jankovic.
The 18th-seeded Jankovic broke the Russian star three times to win the first set 6-0 in a little under half an hour, via Roland Garros:
Sharapova came to life in the second set, though, striking 14 winners and breaking Jankovic twice to send the match to a deciding third set, via Roland Garros:
With a spot in the semifinals on the line, Sharapova showed the grit of a defending champion, winning the last three games to take the final set, 6-3.
Sharapova was 2-of-2 on break points and 4-of-5 on net points in the final set.
Victoria Azarenka Takes Care of Maria Kirilenko
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was all smiles on Wednesday after taking out Maria Kirilenko in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of the French Open for the first time in her career, via Roland Garros:
Azarenka demonstrated tremendous poise in the opening set tiebreaker, winning 7-3 to push Kirilenko to the brink of elimination.
In the second set, the 23-year-old Belarusian was superb, winning 25-of-42 points to close out the match and set up a colossal semifinal clash with Maria Sharapova on Thursday.
Azarenka will be in uncharted territory in the next round against Sharapova, but don't expect her to be overwhelmed by the moment, per Roland Garros:
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