This could potentially be the match of the French Open so far. The match up against the unbeatable Novak Djokovic and the greatest tennis player of our (all?) time Roger Federer is going to be something to watch. The two probably know each others tennis game better than they know themselves.
Djokovic has been unbeatable – but has been tested – in 2011. He’s taken it to Rafael Nadal on clay twice this year and has captured both titles. Djokovic already has a Major nicely tucked under his belt this year and is looking like he could capture the 2011 French Open title as well. Of course everything that Djokovic has accomplished leading up to the French Open is great and all, though you have to look at his past performances in Roland Garros. He’s been a semi finalist twice (07 and 08) with both losses to current King of Clay and world #1, Rafael Nadal.
On the other side of the court is, who can be argued as the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer. Who of course is no stranger to tennis matches of this caliber. Remember, he’s been a finalist at the French Open 3 times and a winner once (completed the Career Grand Slam in 2009). He knows Nole’s tennis game and knows how to play in France. Though this year is different for Federer, he’s ranked #3 (which is an amazing feat in it’s own right), hasn’t reached a Major Final since he won the Australian Open in 2010 – I know, it’s only been over a year.
The two tennis heavy weights have met each other a total of 22 times in their tennis careers, with Federer taking 13 of those meetings, 4 of those in Major Finals. On clay, it’s pretty much the same song, Federer has led the battle 3 matches to 2. Of course, this does not mean anything right now, Djokovic is a different tennis player and so is Federer.
So who is going to the finals this year? By the numbers, it would be Federer for sure, this match with these two tennis player is not a numbers game right now. It will probably be Djokovic going to the finals – 5 sets I say; I’m only saying that because of how he’s been playing this year, if it was the same Djokovic we saw this time last year, I would put all of my money on Federer. There’s also the driving force of Nole, if he makes it to the French Open Finals, he will be crowned the #1 player in the world – win or lose. Talk about pressure, yeesh.