By Chad Hoyle
In outcomes that surprised no one with a modicum of tennis familiarity, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have each advanced to the Semifinal round of the Men's Singles Tournament. The two will face off on the red clay Friday in what assuredly will be the match of the tournament.
Nadal made quick work of Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, and exhibited a superior level of play that seems to have improved from even the start of the tournament. Rafa post-match said, "I’m really happy with the way I played today – it was my best match of the year," affirming confidence in many that he'll end the weekend with his 8th Open title.
Not to be overlooked is Djokovic, who emerged the victor in 3 straight challenging sets against Tommy Haas, 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-5. Djokovic, seeded first, will need to beat the greatest on clay en route to his first French Open title- the only Grand Slam victory missing from his already superb resume. "I have a big fight in front of me and I'm ready for it," said Djokovic, realizing the talent of his opponent yet never intimidated.
Also tomorrow: David Ferrer v Jo Wilfried Tsonga in a battle for second place.
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