Originally Posted by nkhera1
The ESPN guys were saying that last years semis between the two had relatively sunny conditions but that it began to get dark which annoyed Federer. I remember he was complaining about it being too dark and he wanted the match to be finished the next day so maybe as it got darker, the conditions got slower but it was still a sunny day. It was the final that had bad conditions.
Maybe I'm totally mistaken, but I thought the start of the Nadal-Federer semi was delayed due in part to some rain delays during the first semi. Perhaps it was just that the Puerta-Davydenko match was that long. I can't remember. Regardless, I still think the weather and condition of the court this year could play a major role.
As far as Nadal still having a tough route to the final, at this point I only think Blake would have any realistic chance against him, and only if the courts were playing exceptionally fast.