Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal for the French Open title

Jun 5, 2011

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are once again to meet in a Grand Slam final after the two players won their semi final matches. Rafa was sublime against Andy Murray, beating the battling Brit in straight sets, 6-4 7-5 6-4. It took him just over three hours though, and Murray had moments where one of his trademark comebacks seemed imminent. But when Rafa gets his head down he is like a bull with its horns down on charge: determined and dangerous.

Andy Murray found himself speared with that clay court magic from the very first set, with Nadal being so comfortable on clay that no matter what Murray pulled out of the bag Nadal found something just a little bit better. Still, Murray pushed Rafa to some impressive break points, but he never managed to win them when it mattered. He is an improved man on clay, but it looks like he has a long way to go before he is able to beat the world number one on his favourite surface.

As for the Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer match, not many people knew where to place their bets. Most guessed it would be a five set battle, but with Roger Federer looking back to his old self and Djokovic on an impressive run, the outcome was unsure. But ultimately, it was Roger’s day. Despite winning the third set, Djokovic seemed a little tired and lacking in that magic that has got him the 43 winning streak. Federer, on the other hand, came into his own and moved into that silent, focused mindset that has won him his raft of Grand Slam titles.

Novak seemed tired in the post-match interview, admitting that his run had to come to an end and although it was obvious he did not enjoy the loss, he seemed almost relived . He is now taking a well deserved break and recovering from an injury, so he will miss Queens which starts tomorrow. Despite his loss, I’m sure there are few people who would not still congratulate him on his amazing year. With the season now shifting back to his more preferred surfaces, he will continue being a dangerous and exciting player to watch.

As for Roger Federer, today at 15:00 local time he faces Rafael Nadal for the French Open title. It won’t be the first time for either men, and the world number 1 and the world number 3 will be used to this set up. That doesn’t mean it will be any less thrilling to watch. Tennis fans can simply sit back and enjoy one of the world’s best rivalries one more time, and keep our fingers crossed that it won’t be the last.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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