The top 4 seeds at Queen’s will compete the 4 semi final spots tomorrow after 2 very close matches, one comfortable won match and one complete walkover in the quarter finals.
The walkover as most of the UK will know by now was due to the withdrawl of Andy Murray due a thumb injury which meant Andy Roddick earned an automatic semi final place with even hitting a ball. His opponent will be Rafael Nadal who struggled through against the formidable serving of Ivo Karlovic. Nadal never managed to break the Karlovic serve all set and each of the three sets went to a tie breaker, with Nadal eventually winning losing 2 sets to 1 after losing the first breaker, the final score was 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(4).
Roddick and Nadal have met on 4 previous occasions with score standing at 2 each and this being Roddicks most surface, we should see a very close match, one that many will make Roddick favorite, despite Nadal being number 1 seed.
The other semi final will take place between the 2nd and 4th seeds, Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian. Djokovic cruised to victory Lleyton Hewitt 6-2 6-2, the Australian unable to capture the form he showed he on years gone past. David Nalbandian had to fight hard to win his quarter final match against fifth seed Gasquet, it needed a third set tie break to separate these two, that Nalbandian won 64 36 76(3).
Djokovic and Nalbandian have only met twice so far, and again this match should be close with each player win one of their previous meetings.
This tournament is really shaping up to be the “who is the best on grass behind Federer” – Three of the players are all losing Wimbledon finalists, Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal both losing twice to Federer. Djokovic in the other hand though is trying to reach is first ever grass court final and steal the crown from all them.
|Artois Championships Queen’s club Semi Final Draw|
|(1)Rafael Nadal||bt||(8)Ivo Karlovic||\||(1)Rafael Nadal Vs (3)Andy Roddick||Final|
|(3)Andy Roddick||bt||(6)Andy Murray||/||\|
|(11)Lleyton Hewitt||Vs||(2)Novak Djokovic||\||(2)Novak Djokovic Vs (4)David Nalbandian||/|
|(5)Richard Gasquet||Vs||(4)David Nalbandian||/|