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The Semis Down Under – Australian Open

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The Australian Open is bringing us, very early in the damn morning a nice set of semi-finals, both Men’s and Women’s. The Men’s bring us #1 Novak Djokovic vs. #5 and defending Champ Stan Wawrinka, and the other semi being #6 Andy Murray vs. #7 Tomas Berdych. The Women’s semis’ are #1 Serena Willimas vs. Madison Keys, and #2 Sharapova vs. #10 Makarova. Lady’s first of course. The Women’s Semis are two sets of players from the same country. The first of course being the USA, and the second Russia. So the Women’s final will be another battle between these two countries. Could it be another Rocky vs Drago, Miracle on Ice scenario? It could be if Keys is in the finals, but if Serena wins, she will be the heavy favorite no matter the Russian. Keys has already taken out Venus, and will look to be only the 8th player to take out the siblings. The last time it was done, was in Rome 2010. Novak Djokovik is trying to kick off the 2015 Grand Slam series with a bang, and getting back to the finals. This match is a re-match from last years Quarterfinals match here, where Stan the man won. The Joker is seeking his 5th Australian title, but will have to get past Stan unlike he did last year. Novak got his first 2014 major title at Wimbledon after coming up short in the first two. The Joker would like a better start to the season this time. The defending champ Stan broke a long streak of the big four winning majors, and would like to play spoiler again this year. Wawrinka played very well in his Quarters match taking down 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori in straight sets. It was a good test for Stan, but now onto the Joker where he needs to find his inner 2014 Aussie Open. It should be a fun re-match with a lot of intensity. The next Men’s Semi is Murray against Berdych. Murray is off to a hot start after not winning a major last year. Murray and Berdych face off Thursday, and should be another fun one to watch. It was a strange 2014 season as 2 of the 4 major winners weren’t part of the big 4 (Nadal, Murray, Novak, and Roger). Murray wants to put that behind him, and get back to winning major titles again, which he didn’t do once last year. He also wants to get back into that big 4 conversation. It will be a tough task as rising star Tomas Berdych looks to continue to break up the big 4. Last year’s US Open was the first time since 2005 at the this tournament, that a big 4 player wasn’t in the finals. Will 2015 be more like 2014, or more of the same tennis fans have seen for a decade?

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