PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30: Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand during the men's singles round four match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Ivan Lubicic of Croatia on day nine of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

French Open 2011, Day 11: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Will Meet In Semis

Day 11 of the 2011 French Open featured Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Robin Söderling, and Li Na in quarterfinals action.

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French Open 2011 Results: Rafael Nadal And Andy Murray Through To Semis

French Open 2011 results from Day 11 at Roland Garros, where the men's semifinals field is set.

• No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. No. 5 Robin Söderling, 6-4 6-1 7-6(3).
In sharp contrast to the scattershot women's field at Roland Garros, the French Open 2011 will feature a men's semifinal round featuring the top four seeds in the world. The fifth-seeded Söderling, who you might recall is the only man ever to get past Rafa in Paris, put on what looked like a less-than-valiant appearance, but really: There's no beating Nadal when he wakes up and decides to play at the top of his game. Despite a close third set (played by a sauntering Rafa amid complaints from Söderling about the time he takes to preen between points), everybody's favorite grizzled Swede was never spiritually ahead on Court Philippe Chatrier.

• No. 4 Andy Murray def. Juan Ignacio Chela, 7-6(2) 7-5 6-2.
Meanwhile, on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the only remaining unseeded player has been ousted by Andy Murray, not so luckless today (though he'll need a fair pinch of it to compete with Rafa in the semis). Murray's injured ankle didn't appear to be impeding his movement quite so much today, but a straight-sets victory is just the thing he needs right now. It's the Scot's first semifinals berth at Roland Garros in his six-year pro career.

Play on Day 12 of the 2011 French Open commences at 8 a.m. EDT Thursday with the women's semifinals, airing on ESPN2. Get live scores at Roland Garros' official website, and watch matches online for free on ESPN3.

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French Open 2011 Results: Maria Sharapova And Li Na To Meet In Semis

French Open 2011 results from Day 11 at Roland Garros, where two familiar Americans still hold sway in the doubles draw and the two strongest women in the singles draw move towards a regrettable collision in the semis.

• No. 6 Li Na def. No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, 7-5 6-2.
Despite a close first set, Azarenka played with disinterested energy; Li, of course, was anything but, and we celebrate her ascendancy, because the more matches she wins, the more cheerfully arrogant televised interviews we get to see. It's the disappointment of the tournament that either she or Sharapova will have to be knocked out before the final.

• No. 7 Maria Sharapova def. No. 15 Andrea Petkovic, 6-0 6-3.
Not to harp at this too much, but a Li-Sharapova final would be a delight, and both are more interesting prospects than either Schiavone or Bartoli. The specter of a career Grand Slam still floats just out of reach for Sharapova, but the path to the cup is freer of obstacles than anyone could have imagine two weeks ago.

In American news, the brothers Bryan completed their postponed quarterfinals match against Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, defeating the Indian-Pakistani duo by a final score of 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(3). The twins' semifinal opponents will be Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and the delightfully-named Eduardo Schwank of Argentina.

Still in play on Court Philippe Chatrier are Rafael Nadal and Robin Söderling, while Court Suzane Lenglen features Andy Murray taking on unseeded upstart Juan Ignacio Chela.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more results from Day 11 of the 2011 French Open. Get live scores at Roland Garros' official website, and watch matches online for free at the Tennis Channel's live stream and on ESPN3.

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