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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic: Semi Final of Australian Open 2008

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Roger Federer is going to take on third seed Novak Djokovic in today’s semi final of Australian Open 2008. The match has already made headlines many times and is now the center of all attention. With Rafael Nadal’s crushing out of the tournament yesterday being defeated to French unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has continued his dream run in the tournament reaching the final of the tournament.

Roger Federer defeated American James Blake in the quarter final in straight-sets, while Djokovic outperform Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter final to set up his seventh match against Federer. Roger Federer is now in his quest to win his 13th grand slam title in the tournament, which would move within one of Pete Sampras’s highest 14 grand slam titles.

The Serbian, Novak Djokovic has already proved himself as a threat to Federer-Nadal duopoly in the tennis world. Winning three grand slam titles per year has become a rule to Federer, while wining the French Open title has become a fashion to Nadal for the last few years. Novak Djokovic’s intervene has made it difficult for both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Ahead of the match against Novak Djokovic, World no. 1 Federer must put his every effort to come through all the obstacles to come by from the Serbian. Federer has said that he is not interested to concentrate on anybody else. Rather, Federer wants to put on all of his focus in his game. He has also expressed that it will be interesting to see who chooses the right tactics.

Herald Sun reported:

"I usually concentrate on my own game. That's what has happened over the last few years," Federer said.

"If I need to adjust something, I do that during the match to play more aggressive or more defensive, playing counter-punching. You can always decide during the match.

"I used to concentrate much more on my opponent when I was younger. Where does he serve, what is his better wing? Right now it's all automatic.

"It's going to be a matter of who's going to come out of the blocks better and, after that, who's going to come back on the other guy. It's going to be interesting to see who chooses the right tactics," Federer said.

It is very natural that a player like Federer does not need to look to anybody else as far as his skill is concerned. He just needs to stick to his own game and play his natural game which has proven too much for his opponents. However, Novak Djokovic, to me, is someone different who Federer might need to think about. In fact, Federer suffered a defeat to the Serbian last year.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic faced each other six times in the past with Federer winning five times including the last year’s U.S. Open final. Novak Djokovic has had a breakthrough season in last year with finishing the year as world no. 3 in the raking. Novak Djokovic has already posed a threat saying that he can win the match.

The Globe and Mate reported:

"He's done a phenomenal job," Federer said yesterday. "Four Grand Slam semi-finals, I was never close to that at his age."

"They say the year after the breakthrough [going from No. 16 to No. 3 in 2007] is the most difficult but I'm feeling really, really good," he said. "I worked on my skills the past couple of weeks and changed my [racquet] strings. I'm playing with a lot of confidence."

"He has been the No. 1 player for a while," Djokovic said of Federer this week. "Players have started playing in a different way against him, with more belief they can win. It's a good thing for all of us."

Djokovic is one of the youngsters who are though to be the future great of tennis. That is what you can realize in his speech as well, finding enough maturity. There is no doubt; Roger Federer would be considered as favorite for the match. The achievements he received in his illustrious career would convince anybody to bet on him. However, I think, Novak Djokovic is full of potential and what makes me impressed about him is that he has been improving in every match. So, I would not be surprised to see if Novak Djokovic plays in the final of Australian Open 2008 tournament.

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