Novak Djokovic (3) will play Roger Federer (2) in the Australian Open 2011 Semi-Final after both players won through their quarter-final matches in fine style.
Federer saw off Swedish hopeful Wawrinka (19) in straight sets, winning 6-1 6-3 6-3, before Djokovic produced a similarly impressive performance in removing Czech Tomas Berdych 3-0, with the scoreline 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.
The result means that the bottom half of the draw has gone with seeding for the tournament.
Meanwhile, in the top half of the draw, it looks on course to be largely business as usual, too, as Rafael Nadal (1) could well be facing Andy Murray (5) in the other Semi – the only notable absentee from the quarter-finals being Sweden’s Robin Soderling (4) who regularly swaps places with Murray for fourth best in the World. Soderling was put out in the Fourth Round by Ukrainian, Alexandr Dolgopolov.
The draw is shaping up to provide an entertaining pair of Semi-Finals and, perhaps, the 1 v 2 final everyone, almost, expects, in Grand Slams these days. But, for this to happen, Federer has his work cut out to remove Djokovic, who has been impressive in all but the briefest of spells in this year’s tournament. Nadal, too, must, one feels, overcome an Andy Murray who looks to have added a marginally more business-like manner to his obvious hunger since the turn of the New Year.
Now that we approach the business-end of the second week, Australian Open 2011 is looking every bit as exciting as tennis fans had hoped it would be.