Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will face one another in the men’s final of the 2011 Roland-Garros French Open. The semi-finals went on into the late evening with Djokovic refusing to cede his chance at becoming world number one to the Swiss veteran.
Rafa beat Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 after the Scot failed to convert more than three of his eighteen break points. The Spaniard kept his cool despite some gruelling games and took a classy score sheet to the final.
Roger Federer, meanwhile, had a testing four set match against a recently unbroken record of wins by Novak Djokovic. The pair exhibited some of the very finest tennis at the Paris club with powerful rallies from the baseline. Djokovic “the joker” was in good spirits, even applauding some of the astounding shots from Federer.
Federer looked comfortable moving around the court and Djokovic slipped a couple of times on the clay, but there was very little between the powerful play and calm, precision serves of both players. The Serbian finally conceded in a tie-break to a final superb serve from the Swiss master who has a match win to loss ratio of 7:1 over nearly 1000 matches.
The final score in the Djokovic v Federer Semi-Final was 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).