US OPEN 2012
US Open Semi-Final Preview: Two Blockbusters On Super Saturday
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com previews the two US Open semi-finals on Super Saturday at Flushing Meadows.
Third seed Andy Murray has an opportunity to overtake Rafael Nadal at No. 3 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings if he reaches his second US Open final. The 2008 runner-up is attempting to reach his fifth Grand Slam championship final. This year, he lost to Roger Federer 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the Wimbledon title match. The 25-year-old Murray is contesting his 11th major semi-final. He has won four of his past five matches against Top 10 opposition. Murray, the Olympic singles gold medallist, has already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London in November.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych is looking to become the third Czech man to reach the US Open final after Jan Kodes (1971, 1973) and Ivan Lendl (1982-89). In 2010, he lost to Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon title match. The 26-year-old Winston-Salem Open runner-up is guaranteed to equal his career-high World No. 6 ranking on Monday.
Berdych leads Murray 2-1 in hard-court meetings. This will be their third clash this year, after Murray won at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Berdych triumphed at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Murray has a 45-11 record on the season, while Berdych is 46-16 overall in 2012.
Second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic is contesting his sixth straight US Open semi-final and is looking to secure his 60th match win of the season (59-10 record). Djokovic is making his 10th straight major championship semi-final appearance, equalling Rod Laver (1960 Wimbledon to 1962 US Championships) and Ivan Lendl (1985 US Open to 1988 Australian Open). Federer remains the all-time leader with 23 straight semi-final appearances between 2004 Wimbledon to 2010 Australian Open. Djokovic, 25, has won four of his past seven matches against Top 10 opponents. He won his fifth major title at the Australian Open in January and has an ATP World Tour-best 34-3 record on hard-courts this season.
Fourth seed David Ferrer is the third Spaniard to reach multiple US Open semi-finals after Nadal (four times) and Manuel Santana (two times). The 30 year old has compiled an 18-3 record at Grand Slams this year, which includes a run to the Roland Garros semi-finals. Ferrer has won a career-high five ATP World Tour titles on three different surfaces this season, only Federer (6) has lifted more trophies. He has a 23-9 match record at the US Open and is 58-11 in 2012. Interestingly, Ferrer has won his past four five-set matches. Overall he has a 17-9 record in fifth-set encounters.
Djokovic leads Ferrer 7-2 in hard-court clashes. The duo has met three times at Grand Slam championships – 2007 US Open and 2008, 2012 Australian Opens. In 2012, Djokovic leads 2-0 in their career series (also Sony Ericsson Tennis).