French Open Men’s SF Open Thread: Nadal v Ferrer, Djokovic v Federer
For the 11th time Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are through to the semifinals of the same Grand Slam event. Djokovic is looking to reach his first Roland Garros final and David Ferrer is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam final.
There are 2 men aged 30 or over in this year’s semifinals (Federer and Ferrer), which is the first time there have been 2 men aged 30 or over in the semifinals here since 1969, when Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall reached the last 4. The last time there were 2 men aged 30 or over in the semifinals at any Grand Slam was at the 2003 Australian Open when Andre Agassi and Wayne Ferreira made the last 4.
Rafael Nadal is the only semifinalist who holds an advantage in previous meetings with either of his potential final opponents, while Ferrer trails both his possible opponents in the next round:
Possible final head-to-heads
Nadal leads Djokovic 18-14
Nadal leads Federer 18-10
Djokovic leads Ferrer 8-5
Federer leads Ferrer 13-0
NO. 2 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v NO. 6 DAVID FERRER (ESP)
Head-to-head: Nadal leads 15-4
Total time on court: Nadal 10:36, Ferrer 11:02
This is the 5th all-Spanish Grand Slam semifinal and the 2nd to involve Rafael Nadal. 4 of the 5 all-Spanish Grand Slam semifinals have taken place at Roland Garros. The most recent one took place at the 2009 Australian Open between Nadal and Fernando Verdasco and lasted 5 hours 14 minutes.
Ferrer has defeated Nadal on clay just once – in their first-ever meeting at 2004 Stuttgart. The last time they met at a Grand Slam was at the 2011 Australian Open when Ferrer ended Nadal’s bid to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. It was also the last time that a Spaniard progressed further then Nadal at a Grand Slam.
Ferrer leads Nadal 2-1 in Grand Slam play and is the only player to have a positive Grand Slam win-loss record (having contested more than one Grand Slam match) against Nadal.
Ferrer has taken just 4 sets off Nadal in 13 previous meetings on clay.
Defending champion Nadal is bidding to become the first man in history to win 7 titles here. Chris Evert is the only player – man or woman – to have won 7 titles at Roland Garros.
Nadal is bidding to reach his 5th consecutive Grand Slam final. In the Open Era only Roger Federer has reached 5 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals.
If Ferrer reaches the final for the first time in his 37th Grand Slam appearance he will be 1st on the list for playing the most Grand Slams before reaching the last 2.
This is also Ferrer’s 29th consecutive Grand Slam where he has been seeded. He is in 4th place on the list of most consecutive Grand Slams played as a seed in the Open Era behind Roger Federer (44 consecutive Grand Slams as a seed), Stefan Edberg (41) and Tommy Robredo (35).
NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)
Head-to-head: Federer leads 14-11
Total time on court: Djokovic 14:30, Federer 13:11
This is Djokovic and Federer’s 10th Grand Slam encounter, putting them in joint-1st place for the most matches played at majors with Federer/Nadal and McEnroe/Lendl.
This is also Djokovic and Federer’s 8th Grand Slam semifinal setting a new record for the most semifinal match-ups at the majors, one ahead of Connors/McEnroe.
Djokovic saved 2 match points in their last Grand Slam encounter in the semifinals at last year’s US Open, coming back from 0-2 down for the 2nd time in his career. Federer won at the same stage of the competition here last year bringing an end to Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak.
Top seed Djokovic is bidding to collect his 4th straight Grand Slam title to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. Only Don Budge and Rod Laver have held all 4 titles at the same time.
Djokovic is bidding to reach the Roland Garros final for the first time. He is looking to become the 9th man in the Open Era to reach the final of all 4 Grand Slams.
Federer is bidding to reach his 6th Roland Garros final and equal Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal’s record for the most final appearances at Roland Garros. Nadal could take sole ownership of that record if he defeats Ferrer today.
Federer is also looking to reach his 24th Grand Slam final, and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer has a 23-7 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals.
(Data from ITF)
FRIDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe Chatrier 1:00 PM Start Time
David Ferrer (ESP) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v. Roger Federer (SUI)
David Ferrer 7/1 v Rafael Nadal 1/14
Novak Djokovic 1/2 v Roger Federer 13/8
WEATHERUNDERGROUND FRIDAY PARIS FORECAST
Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 64F. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
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