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Men's Wednesday Tennis Summary
Singles - Quarterfinal: (2) R Nadal def. (12) N Almagro 7-6(7-4) 6-2 6-3
This match took a lot of time start-to-finish, but that is mostly because of a rain delay in the middle. Nicolas Almagro never did much to threaten Rafael Nadal. As a result, he will not be hitting the Top Ten; we show him at #11, with John Isner keeping the #10 spot for now.
Singles - Quarterfinal: (6) D Ferrer def. (4) A Murray 6-4 6-7(3-7) 6-3 6-2
Andy Murray really did have chances in this match -- he clawed his way back into the first set and then lost it on a bungled volley and a netted groundstroke. He wasn't happy. He insisted on halting play at 1-1 in the second, at a time when almost everyone else thought the conditions were playable, but obviously it didn't help him. He will remain #4 -- but he's looking less and less like a member of the Big Four and more like the leader of the Other Guys. He is now closer to #5 Tsonga than #3 Nadal. David Ferrer is still #6, but if he can somehow make it past Rafael Nadal and reach the final, he'll be #5.
Mixed Doubles - Semifinal: Jans-Ignacik/S Gonzalez def. (5) Vesnina/Paes 7-6(7-2) 7-6(7-3)
This is an even bigger upset under Mixed rankings than under ordinary rankings (since Vesnina/Paes would have been seeded higher). This seems to prove just two things. First, that anything can happen in mixed, and second, that Elena Vesnina is really not likely to win a major.
Mixed Doubles - Semifinal: (7) Mirza/Bhupathi def. Voskoboeva/Bracciali 6-4 6-2
Obviously less of a surprise than the preceding. Mirza/Bhupathi have been here before....