Australian Open 2011: Day 12 TV Schedule, Live Streaming and What To Watch For
Any chances for a Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer final are definitely now gone at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic (pictured) knocked out the defending champion Federer 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4, and will now face the winner of today's semifinal between Andy Murray and David Ferrer. Djokovic's win also means that it will be the first time since 2003 that Federer will not be the reigning champ in any of the four majors.
The women's final has been set and will be between Kim Clijsters and Li Na, the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam championship final.
Here's a quick look at the tournament, with today's schedule, a preview of the men's semifinal and another newsworthy item:
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Television coverage is available on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Tennis Channel. Below is a complete list of today's matches, with times for those that are televised. The tournament does provide this guide for a link of some television coverage.
ROD LAVER ARENA
(11 pm ET, Thursday) - Tennis Channel
Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta vs. Victoria Azarenka/Maria Kirilenko
Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Horia Tecau vs. Yung-Jan Chan/Paul Hanley
(3:30 am ET, Friday) - ESPN2
David Ferrer vs. Andy Murray
MARGARET COURT ARENA
Henri Leconte/Patrick Rafter vs. Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde
Maria Kirilenko/Nenad Zimonjic vs. Katarina Srebotnik/Daniel Nestor
SHOW COURT 2
Men's Wheelchair Doubles—Final
Maikel Scheffers/Shingo Kunieda vs. Stephane Houdet/Nicolas Peifer
Quad Wheelchair Singles
David Wagner vs. Andrew Lapthorne
Quad Wheelchair Singles
Nicholas Taylor vs. Peter Norfolk
Women's Wheelchair Doubles—Final
Esther Vergeer/Sharon Walraven vs. Aniek Van Koot/Jiske Griffioen
Andy Murray vs. David Ferrer
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Andy Murray could reach his straight Australian Open final with a win today over Ferrer, the No. 7 seed from Spain.
Murray and Ferrer (pictured) played last November in the finals at the ATP World Tour in London, with Murray winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
"I know a lot about him," Murray told BBC Sport. "He's a great player. He's been around a long time at the top of the game. He's very, very consistent, in great shape, moves very well, does everything well, so it's a very, very tough game to call."
Ferrer, who is coming off an upset over No.1 ranked Rafael Nadal, said he just "needs to fight a lot, like every match of my life."
"Andy's a different player to Rafa but I need to play very, very focused, to receive really good because Andy has a very good first serve," Ferrer told the BBC. "It's very important for me return very good in the match."
Men's Doubles Final: Bob and Mike Bryan vs. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi
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One finals match that could be quite entertaining will come in men's doubles.
The Bryans are the defending Australian Open doubles champions, but will face the doubles team that has been nicknamed "The Indian Express."
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have reunited after splitting in the late 1990s and were once considered the heir apparent to the great doubles team of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. They're also coming off a heated semifinal in which officials had to separate them after their match from a confrontation with their opponents.