If he beats Djokovic on Friday, Federer can end the two-time major champion's perfect season and 43-match winning streak."It's not the driving force behind this match, to be honest.
For me, the plan is trying to get a step further and into the finals of the French Open," said Federer, the 2009 champion at Roland Garros.
Sharapova and Ferrero had spent a few days practicing together at Ferrero’s home in Spain the week before Wimbledon.
But both always insisted they were just friends, and they were never seen together again publicly after Wimbledon. They were pictured at a players’ party in Montreal.
Maria Sharapova of Russia clenches her fist after scoring a point against Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the quarter final match of the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday June 1, 2011.
PARIS (AP) — Maria Sharapova returned to the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in more than three years, defeating Andrea Petkovic 6-0, 6-3 Wednesday at the French Open.
Another German wildcard, Tobias Kamke, was also victorious on Tuesday after he beat seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-1 6-4 in the second round.
While his countrymen advanced, German Davis Cup player Philipp Petzschner was upset by qualifier Marsel Ilhan of Turkey, then stunned reporters with bizarre answers to questions about the match.
From next March 31, the Academy will open its doors for a week to new players who want to join to our groups coming from Germany, England, Norway, etc.
The former world number one failed to maintain his winning streak in Germany as local wildcard Cedrik-Marcel Stebe claimed a surprise 6-3 6-2 victory on the Hamburg clay.
Stebe, a 20-year-old left-hander, reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart last week and he will now play 11th seed Nikolay Davydenko in round two.
The three-time major champion, who can complete a career Grand Slam with a title at Roland Garros, last reached this stage when she won the 2008 Australian Open.
Sharapova had little trouble against Petkovic, a German who lost in the Australian Open quarterfinals.