US Open 2011: Federer, Djokovic Set Up Semis Clash

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic arranged a dream semifinal match at the US Open 2011 when they defeated their respective quarterfinal opponents on Thursday.

Federer avenged his surprise defeat to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon with a straight-sets victory on Arthus Ashe Stadium, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.  Also booking a Final Four ticket was top seed Djokovic, who got away with an abbreviated win when his opponent, fellow Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, retired in the fourth set. Djokovic took the first set, 7-6 (7-2), but Tipsarevic leveled the match by taking the second set, 7-6 (7-3). Djokovic breezed through the third set, 6-0, and was leading the fourth, 3-0, when Tipsarevic retired.

In the rescheduled 4th-round matches, defending champion Rafael Nadal, British top gun Andy Murray, and Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner all advanced to the quarterfinals. Nadal defeated Gilles Muller, 7-6, 6-1, 6-2, while Murray blitzed Donald Young, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Roddick upset fifth seed David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and Isner outhustled Gilles Simon, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Nadal will next take on Roddick while Murray will face Isner in the quarterfinals.