Time for all you part time tennis fans to start paying attention again.
On the men's side, Roddick fought hard but lost
yesterday and goes into retirement with his head held high
. The US now has no active slam champions on the men's side for the first time ever. Berdych wins a break-through match
and eliminates Federer in the quarters. With Nadal gone, we are looking at either Murray or Berdych in the finals and a chance for someone outside the "Big Three" to claim a slam.
On the women's side, the seeds are holding up well. Azarenka (1) will face Sharapova (3) who gutted out a tough three setter against Bartoli. That one could go either way. On the other side of the draw, Serena Williams (officially 4) has been destroying all comers
and has dropped only 16 games in ten sets. She faces Errani (10) in the other semi in a match that should be very lopsided but with Williams you never can tell. She is 46-4 this year but two of those losses were to unknowns she should have dispatched in her sleep.