It’s Novak Djokovic v/s Rafael Nadal again!
So it’s almost finale time for French Open. The Men’s Single Semi-Finals concluded minutes ago and the two semi-finals that we did witness today couldn’t have been any more one sided whatsoever. In the First Semi-Final Rafael Nadal blasted his way into the French Open Final defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. In a match that saw rain delay right in the middle of second set but by the time, Rafael Nadal had already set the tone of the match and the inevitable had to happen, the only thing that remained was to the time it will take. Nadal, from the very beginning of the match didn’t give any sort of breathing space to Ferrer and did what he is best at- returning everything right back irrespective of his position.
Ferrer did play some aggressive tennis often coming up to the net but the King of Clay had answer to everything that Ferrer had to offer. We saw some special behind the back line returns from Nadal as we normally do. One could have thought that the rain delay might break Nadal’s momentum but it was not to be. Nadal came out and started off exactly from where he had left. David Ferrer had no answers whatsoever! The game was as one sided as it gets and finished in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
In the other game which was thought to be an epic battle as it has always been, Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, but didn’t live up to it’s expectations whatsoever! In a game that saw ten break of serves in the first two sets, yes, ten break of serves, Novak Djokovic closed the match in straight sets with the score line of 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. There isn’t much to talk about the game other than the break of serves. Djokovic shot to a 40-15 advantage and a double set point leading 5-4 in the first and an unforced error by Federer (and we saw plenty of them) closed the first set for Novak.
In the second set, Federer began strongly and took a quick 3-0 lead with two breaks in the kitty only to give a break back in the very next game. Federer held the next service game but was broken in the 8th game of the set as it was back to all square 4-4 in the second. In the very next game, Djokovic’s serve was broken followed by a break at the other end as the score line read 5-5 in the second set. Djokovic held his next serve while Federer was broken again in the next as Djokovic took the second set 7-5. The third set was on serve for the earlier part of the game but Djokovic broke Federer’s serve in the 6th game to go 4-2 up in the third. It was all certain what was going to happen by that time. Djokovic took the next game while Federer held his serve in the next. 5-3 up in the third, Djokovic took the final set on serve to win the match 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
It is an open truth that arguably the best player of Lawn Tennis, Roger Federer’s form has declined of late and we saw enough signs of it today. There were a number of unforced errors, in excess of 40 and it looked as the hand eye coordination has gone away. Sure, the court gave enough bad bounces but its now known that Federer’s prime form is no longer with him.
What the two semi-finals meant was we will see yet another World No. 1 v/s World No. 2 match in French Open final and we expect it to be an epic battle more than anything else. It’s been a tough road to the final for Novak Djokovic almost losing out to Tsonga in the Quarters and a hiccup in the round of 16 as well. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal, the king of Clay as he is called has done what he does best at the French Open, defeating players no matter what. With a record of 40-1 at French Open, it wouldn’t be easy for Novak Djokovic to dethrone the king of Clay but one can very well expect it to be a final worth watching.
In the Head to Head Comparison between the two players (Novak Djokovic v/s Rafael Nadal), Rafael Nadal leads 18-14 but the kind of form Novak Djokovic has displayed in the past one and a half years, even though we have seen him falter at this French Open, Sunday’s match is going to be worth your time. The way both these men have blasted away their opponents in the Semi-finals, makes the final all the more interesting.
Who will win the epic battle, we have to wait till Sunday for that to unfold.