Friday, June 3, 2011
Today, Roger Federer took on the incredible Novak Djokovic and ended his 43 match winning streak. Going into this match Federer was ranked third and Djokovic was ranked second. A Djokovic win would have ranked him as number in the world. Federer showed that he still got what it takes.
Djokovic had a difficult time in the first two sets with his timing and his footwork. This was probably because he had not played since last Sunday. To have a long break and come out flat against Federer is a sure sign for disaster. He lost the first set in a tiebreaker and then dropped the second set, 6-3. The second set was a cakewalk for Federer. He fought back in the third set but fell in a tiebreaker allowing Federer to advance to the finals against the number 1 player, Rafael Nadal.
A bit of trivia.....Djokovic was 41-0 in 2011 and has has been unbeaten since November. The last time he lost was to Federer. We definitely will be seeing Djokovic in this mix for a long time. He is an amazing tennis player.
Sunday in France, Federer will take on his nemesis, Nadal. This is their fifth meeting and fourth final at the French Open. Nadal is 4-0 in the final meetings which is part of his 16-8 lifetime record against Federer.
Nadal is going for his sixth French Open title. If he gets it, he will be tied with Bjorn Borg for most French Open titles. Pretty impressive for someone who just turned 25. Nadal is a monster on clay but he still has to play Federer. These Federer-Nadal matches are always exciting and they produce great tennis.
Before I sign off, I just want to say that I was able to join my group for our Thursday golf outing. There was no sign of Dwayne but we looked real hard to see if we were able to spot him. Even without Dwayne, a fun time was had by all.