Friday, June 8, 2012

Nole beats Roger, sets up Roland Garros final with Rafa

Nole beats Roger, sets up Roland Garros final with Rafa

Novak Djokovic scored a 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 win over Roger Federer to reach the 2012 Roland Garros final where he will face Rafael Nadal.

Today Federer had 46 unforced errors to Djokovic´s 17.

The Swiss struggled with the wind, and the pressure of having to go for big shots to get anything past his Serbian opponent.

"It was difficult to attack," Federer said. "And being defensive - I could have waited a little. But if I were to do this, I was playing for him. I was not here to play a good match but to win the match, so I had to hit the balls. It was a bit disappointing today."

"I thought he played well under tough conditions," assessed Federer. "I wasn't able to sustain maybe a solid enough game today. I did have enough chances, so it's no excuse there. I tried, and it just didn't work out today.

"Semi-finals is, at the end of the day, a very good result for any tennis player. For me, too. I wish I could have done a bit better today, especially with the wasted opportunities. But that's how it goes sometimes. I've got to go change things around now for grass anyway. I'm looking forward to that. It's been a difficult clay court season."

Serving to stay in the first set, Federer missed four forehands over the span of five points en route to the loss.

In the second set Roger broke in the first game and then again for a 3-0 lead but Djokovic won 13 of the next 18 games to win.

"When you come back from double break down against a player like Federer, it's a success, a great achievement," Djokovic said. "But I can't allow myself to have that many ups and downs, especially in the next match."

Federer picked Nadal to win the title on Sunday.

"I think he's the overwhelming favorite," Federer said. "We'll see how it goes."

About playing Rafa, the world number 1 said : "There's a lot on the line. It always is when you're playing finals of a Grand Slam. We expect another emotional match, another big challenge for both of us, fighting for one of the four biggest titles in our sport. And of course the other side, for me personally, is that I have this golden opportunity to make history. This motivates me. It really inspires me. I'm really grateful to be in this position, obviously. I'll try to prepare for that match and get my hands on that trophy if I can."

"He plays always his best here in Roland Garros, and so I expect to do that as well on Sunday," said Djokovic of Nadal. "I know that I have to be playing consistently well on a very high level in order to win best of five against Nadal here.

"It's an ultimate challenge. But I believe that today was the best match of 2012 Roland Garros for me, so I've raised my game when I needed to. I played really well when it was the most important, so that's something that gives me confidence obviously before the finals. Both of us want this title. We'll see who will prevail."