Australian Open Tennis TV Schedule 2014
Federer vs. Nadal in SemisJulian Finney/Getty Images
Federer appears to have the tougher challenge, facing Wimbledon champ and three-time Aussie Open finalist Andy Murray. However, Federer has been in vintage form this tournament, and some believe his straight-set romp over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga should put the rest of the field on alert:
The best news is the resurrected Mr Roger Federer!! 2014 has just begun, and the Greatest Ever is hungry. And playing sublime tennis.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay)
Nadal, meanwhile, has yet to drop a set, though Ken Nishikori did push the top seed to two tiebreakers last round. Grigor Dimitrov is winless in three matches against Nadal, though the Bulgarian has pushed Nadal the distance in each meeting.
Li Na Will Advance To Her Third FinalRyan Pierse/Getty Images
The former French Open champ has come close in Melbourne before, losing in two of the past three finals. With Serena eliminated, Li is now the top-ranked player in the top half of the draw, and the presumptive favorite to reach the finals.
At the same time, the fourth seed has certainly not been invincible. Li faced a match point against Lucie Safarova in the third round, eventually rallying to win the match 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3. As Justin Bergman of the Associated Press relays, Li realizes how narrow her escape truly was:
"I think five centimeters saved my tournament, " she said, indicating with her fingers how close Safarova's shot at break point in the second set had been to sending her home. "If she hit in, I think, the whole team is on the way to the airport."
Li's coach, Carlos Rodriguez, was so frustrated at one point, he pointed to his head and mouthed to her emphatically, "Think!" She said the admonition was intended to help her focus better at critical times.
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