Nadal Roland Garros Semis Press Conference | June 8th 2012
Q. Of your many memorable matches on this particular court, how highly would that rate amongst your victories, do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: Today?
Q. Yes, today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Sure was one of my best matches in this court, yeah. I think I played really solid match with not easy conditions out there, a lot of wind.
In my opinion I did almost everything right, because my serve worked very well, changing directions. My backhand was the best day so far today. The forehand, I hit well the forehand during all the tournament. Today wasn’t an exception.
But probably today the only difference is today I played close to the baseline and last day when I came here after the match after Almagro, I say that I would like to play a little bit more closer to the baseline, more inside, than the last match.
I will need to try to beat against the next opponents. I did today. I am very happy; sorry for David. He deserve it. He’s a great fighter. He’s always there week after week.
Sure, it’s very important victory for me, and to win with this result against one of the best players of the moment, one of the best players of the world, is because I did very well. If not, is impossible to win against David like this.
Q. How close to perfection is your game at the moment?
Federer Roland Garros Semis Press Conference | June 8th 2012
Q. What went wrong during the match?
ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know. I mean, I thought he played well, you know, under tough conditions. Yeah, and I wasn’t able to sustain maybe a solid enough game today, I guess.
That’s about it.
Q. Do you think maybe the weather conditions had anything to do with today’s game turning out the way it did?
ROGER FEDERER: Maybe a little bit now, you know, after the match is over. I mean, the match itself obviously try to use the conditions to your advantage.
But I was struggling, you know, to sort of keep the ball in play, you know, probably long enough, even though I wasn’t hitting the ball poorly. It’s been a tough week for me last couple. Maybe in these conditions today didn’t help me, help the cause, let’s put it that way.
I did have enough chances, so it’s no excuse there. I tried, and it just didn’t work out today.
Q. You had many chances in the second set, 3Love, 42, 54, and the crowd was with you, also. Do you think that if you had won that set it would have been a totally different match or not?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I think it would have been, but it’s not. (Smiling.)
Q. You talked about struggling to find your rhythm after a few matches this week. Did you feel any better today? Did you feel you were hitting the ball any better?
Djokovic Roland Garros Semis Press Conference | June 8th 2012
Q. Was it a little difficult to keep your concentration at a level where you wanted today, considering the ebbs and flows of the match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it’s always an effort and it’s always a challenge, you know, to be focused and play, take the maximum amount of your abilities out of these matches.
That is the ask, you know. That is something that you need to do if you want to be a winner at the end of matches against one of your biggest rivals.
Q. The Australian Open final, what recollections do you have of that amazing final now, and what do you draw from that? And also wanted to ask you about the one shot which Rafa mentioned in his press conference, that easy backhand he missed in the final of the fifth set, if you have any recollections of that moment, if you know what I mean.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it’s definitely the most exciting match I ever had in my career, you know. The longest for sure. You know, considering the fact that it was a final, it was just incredible historic match to be part of.
Obviously we both wanted to win and win the trophy, and in the end it had to be only one winner. But I thought we played an incredible match. And, yes, he did have his chances. Obviously that backhand that you mentioned, I think it was 32 or 42 up and 3015.
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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."
Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to reach the French Open final.
"I probably played my best match here at Roland Garros this year," said Nadal. "I am sorry for David to lose like this. He is one of my best friends on the tour and one of the best claycourters. It was a fantastic match for me and I am so happy to be in another final at Roland Garros."
"I think you cannot expect to win a semifinal like this against one of the best players of the world," Nadal added.
Ferrer opened well with a love service game and he more than held his own in the early exchanges. He set up the first two break points of the match in the fourth game, but Nadal saved then and then broke him to love in the following game.
Two games later Nadal produced another love break to take a 5-2 lead and then served out the set.
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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will play for a place at the 2012 Roland Garros final.
As you may know, these two share a special rivalry... In 2011, Nole had a perfect 41-0 record that Federer ended in Paris semis.
During that victory, Federer fired 18 aces, won 77 per cent of his first serve points and made just 17 forehand unforced errors. In his 2011 US Open semi-final loss to Djokovic, Federer hit 11 aces, won 67 per cent of his 1st serve points and made 31 forehand unforced errors.
How Djokovic and Federer compare statistically through the 2012 Roland Garros quarter-finals:
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will battle for a place in the 2012 French Open final... Rafa has a 12-match winning streak on clay against Ferrer and off course is the favorite to win this match and the title.
The 6 times champion has dropped serve only once in the tournament that came in his second round match against Bolelli.
He held serve 60 times while Ferrer won 36 of his 68 return games.
Ferrer has not defeated Nadal on clay since their first meeting eight years ago in Stuttgart, having dropped two meetings this year.
How Nadal and Ferrer compare statistically through the 2012 Roland Garros quarter-finals: