Saturday, June 4, 2011
Roland Garros 2011 - Men's Semifinal
The streak is over. Novak Djokovic lost to Roger Federer in the semis yesterday, ending his perfect season and his 43 game winning streak. Federer who has won 16 Grand Slams won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Friday and will now face 5-time French Open Champ Rafa Nadal in the final. This is the fourth time in six years they have met in the final.
"I've trained a lot during my whole life for these kinds of matches," Federer said. "There was an enormous amount of pressure on Novak and he really played well."
Earlier Nadal breezed though his semifinal match on Court Philippe Chatrier, defeating Andy Murray in straight sets 6-4,7-5, 6-4. Nadal is just one victory away from matching Bjorn Borg in number of French titles. Nadal's record is no 44-1 at Roland Garros. On Sunday, Nadal is going for his sixth win in eight attempts against Federer in Grand Slam finals.
"Beating Novak today was maybe a good birthday gift for him because he lost his four previous matches against Novak," Federer said of Nadal, who turned 25 on Friday. "I'm going to play against Nadal, my main rival, in another Grand Slam final. We live for these moments."
Also, Li Na just won the women's title today, beating Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0). She is the first person from China to win a Grand Slam.