Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic faces each other in the Semifinal

25 Jan 2011 by Dan Brown in Australian Open 2011

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

A calmer, steadier Novak Djokovic put forth an impressive display against highly regarded Tomaz Berdych, who had walked to the quarters with nary a scratch. Djokovic started fats and was relentless.

He attacked the serve, pressured Berdych’s ailing forehand and carried himself like a champion to be. The 3rd seed served 10 aces, hit 34 winners and made 21 unforced errors. For Berdych, this match was a humbling experience. The Czech has every reason to expect more. But, Djokovic is fresh and focused. That makes the runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open a threat.

Federer (2) vs. Wawrinka (19)

The men’s draw has again proved the seeding was correct. Number 2 Roger Federer took command against a hard playing countryman and former doubles partner with a near perfect game plan executed flawlessly.

When Federer is going well, you sometimes think he is practicing as he competes. His 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 triumph advances the Swiss to the semifinals. In his earlier matches, Roger has not been as impressive as the analysts would like. They are quick to point out that Federer has lost his serve nine times in this event.

Against Wawrinka, Roger kept the big fellow moving laterally and capitalized on every short ball. More importantly, he landed 77 percent of his first serves. That will be the key number as the tournament unfolds.

Semifinal – Federer (2) vs. Djokovic

Djokovic is not awed by the Swiss or his record. Djokovic is very much in this to win and if he must go through Federer, Nadal or Murray, he will.

The Serb has reduced his unforced errors and sharpened his serve. He only had one double fault yesterday.

What is there to say about Roger Federer? The guy is great. He has made the tour players what they are today, and he is not done yet. He may slip every now and then, but he gets back up. Federer is a tennis genius.

These two have met 19 times and Roger has been victorious 13 times. Although he lost to Djokovic in New York, he closed the season with three consecutive wins against the Serb.

Federer will have to use all the finesse shots in the bag but he should prevail.


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