US Open Tennis 2011: Handicapping Odds for Each Semifinalist

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US Open Tennis 2011: Handicapping Odds for Each Semifinalist
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There are still eight players alive in the singles draw at the 2011 US Open.

On the men's side, the four best players in the world play for two tickets to the final of U.S. Open, where, on Saturday, the semifinals are played Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal-Andy Murray.

The world No. 1, Novak Djokovic, the slight favorite to win at Arthur Ashe Stadium, takes on Federer, third-ranked and chasing his sixth title in the courts of Flushing Meadows.

Meanwhile, the defending champ and former No. 1, Rafael Nadal—second seed—will face Andy Murray. They have played three times this year, all Nadal victories.

On the women’s side there is a contrast of star power. One features two world No. 1s and the virtual No. 1 as well as the other two surprising as unexpected semifinalists.

Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams will battle it out at Grandstand Stadium first and will be followed by Angelique Kerber and Samantha Stosur.

Wozniacki, the WTA top-ranked player who still has not won a Grand Slam in her career, reached the final here in 2009. Williams is looking for her fourth US Open crown.

Meanwhile, Kerber and Stosur are the surprising semifinalists. Kerber’s presence in the semifinal is the first for a German player since Steffi Graff won here in 1996.

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