“The four top seeds will meet in the Roland Garros semi-finals” announces the official site… and they -Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Murray- can offer a real tennis banquet this Friday.
June 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm
“The best player of the world today against the best player (in) history,” is how Rafael Nadal described the forthcoming semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. He is not wrong, at least if the stats are to be believed. Second-seeded Djokovic is enjoying an incredible start to the year, in which he has not lost a single match. To crown this achievement, the Serb will move automatically into the world no.1 ranking spot for the first time in his career if continues his winning streak against his Swiss opponent on Friday.
Federer has won 16 Grand Slams, more than any other player in history, and is in scintillating form, breezing through the draw without dropping a set.
–News at the Roland Garros tournament site–
June 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Andrew Castle: “If you could award the trophy on goodwill, Federer would already have it. He’s given people so much joy over so many years. They really love him here.”
June 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm
“It’s brutal beautiful stuff from the baseline.” says David Ornstein in the BBC tennis live text commentary
June 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Andrew Castle: “I wish everyone at home could be here watching this. The tennis on display is absolutely gorgeous. Djokovic is trying to become world number one, Federer is trying to resist this pesky youngster. The stadium is full. Just brilliant.”
June 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm
Sam Smith on the Red Button: “I feel I’m part of a Federer love-in sitting in the stadium. It’s extraordinary. He has adapted his game over the years and is riding a wave of incredible affection out here.”
June 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm
“Break point for Djoko. Serve given out and Djoko then calls it in and walks to the other side. Stunning sportsmanship.”
Mark Ashenden – Tennis BBC
June 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm
And we have probably had a delay ’till tomorrow. A bit of a rest is not bad, no day to rest before final is not good.
June 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm
But they kept on playing…
“Feds serving for the match…can he do it? And he does it with an ace….FEDERER WINS………”
Oh My… he did it!!!!
June 4, 2011 at 2:20 am
No offense intended to ND but this last paragraph on The Wall Street Journal review of the match is great:
“His familiar nemesis, Nadal, awaits on Sunday. Rafa will be a heavy favorite, as he always is on the red clay. But no matter. The kid has been sent away for the weekend, and a gracious rivalry gets another, unexpected go. It’s like old times, and feels like a guilty treat.”
June 4, 2011 at 2:32 am
The stage is set for Roger Federer’s greatest win ever.
All he has to do is the impossible.
-LZ Granderson, ESPN.com.-
June 7, 2011 at 1:08 am
And Nadal won, pure strength… and Roger was pure class.
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