The 2014 French Open is now in the semifinals, as Day 11 saw the conclusion of the quarterfinals. A little rain prevented the matches from starting on time, but the weather eventually held out in time to finish the crucial bouts.
With four competitors remaining on each side, the coveted Grand Slam title is now within reach for those who were able to withstand the rest of the competition. The women's side saw multiple top seeds bow out early, opening the door for other competitors.
The men's side also saw a few upsets early on in the action, but some of the game's best ultimately prevailed and made it to the semis.
Below I'll highlight all the scores from Day 11, while going into more detail on one match from the men's side and one from the women's.
|Rafael Nadal vs. David Ferrer||Nadal||4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1|
|Andy Murray vs. Gael Monfils||Murray||6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0|
|Simona Halep vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova||Halep||6-2, 6-2|
|Sara Errani vs. Andrea Petkovic||Petkovic||2-6, 2-6|
Andy Murray defeated Gael Monfils
Rafael Nadal was victorious on Day 11, but Andy Murray's stunning victory over Gael Monfils was the highlight of the day. It certainly wasn't an easy victory.
Murray went up two sets to none before Monfils stormed back to take the next two sets. Naturally, a fifth-set tiebreaker was necessary. Murray took that final set, 6-0, to advance.
The British No. 1 seemed inspired in his quest to stave off Monfils' comeback. He played with incredible emotion to move on to the semis against Nadal, a player who has dominated on clay in his career.
SportsNetwork.com, via the Miami Herald, reminded us Nadal has been the superior of the two in head-to-head play:
Nadal and Murray will meet for a 20th time on the ATP World Tour, with the mighty Spaniard leading their all-time series, 14-5, including a 5-0 record on clay. Nadal beat the two-time Grand Slam titlist Murray in a French Open semi three years ago.
Nadal appears poised to dominate yet again given how well he has performed during this year's event. Clay suits his game perfectly, and while Murray is also pretty strong on the surface, nobody in the world plays at the same level as Nadal on clay.
Murray will need to play a flawless game against the energetic Spaniard. The Brit appeared to tire in the fourth set against Monfils. That can't happen against the top player in this tournament.
Simona Halep defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova
After a three-hour rain delay, she [Halep] set about the not inconsiderable task of taming the thundering ground strokes of Kuznetsova; outweighed but not outgunned, she won 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 19 minutes.
Kuznetsova took a medical time-out at the end of the first set to have her left thigh strapped. It is that side of her body that has troubled her in the past and she laboured bravely on her return but dropped serve immediately and never recovered.
The injury to Kuznetsova's left thigh certainly gave Halep the overwhelming advantage, but the 22-year-old shouldn't use that as an excuse to explain her victory. She has proved to be one of the more fierce competitors in women's tennis after a disappointing showing in last year's French Open.
In just a year's time, she has established herself as a consistent winner.
Halep will meet German Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals. Petkovic defeated Sara Errani, 6-2, 6-2, in her quarterfinal matchup.
It doesn't appear as if anybody will be able to slow down Halep en route to the French Open title.