Swiss Roger Federer beats Serb Novak Djokovic Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in semi-final to enter Wimbledon 2012 final
It is a story that we have heard very frequently and it was repeated once again. Roger Federer seems to have become an insurmountable wall for none other than the world’s number one Novak Djokovic. Federer who was written off last year as being aged and not suited to face the likes of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has proved once again that despite turning 30, he is still capable to beat his opponents far younger than him.
His hunger to win hasn’t diminished a bit and he seems to have regained the hallmark that he was famous for. And today his power, his determination and his technique was all on display. If he wins in the final he will win 17 grand slam titles, a record of sorts that none of his peers can match.
With the win in finals, he will also equal what another tennis great Pete Sampras did, win seven Wimbledon titles. This is a feat that many may not even think in their dreams. But this lanky Swiss player has shown that he cannot just dream, but also win despite everyone predicting the end of his career.
But the match was very tough from the beginning and Djokovic who made some initial mistake had to pay very heavy price in the match later. Federer never really allowed him to make a comeback and take the match away from him. Federer beat Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 shattering his dream of winning the semis and enter the finals. Last month he narrowly lost the French Open and now after a tough game he lost to Federer.
We still really don’t know as to who will face Federer in the finals. Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are going to fight for the spot in the finals and their match is also going to be tough.
But today’s match was all about power and technique. Deadly serving, delicate drop shots, rocketing forehands, that rapier one-handed backhand was all there. It was the complete performance and London swooned as it always has for Roger, even if meant that poor Djokovic, hitting the ball with furious power, was treated as their pantomime villain. Serb Djokovic didn’t really had many admirers in London and that showed on his performance. But it was a brilliant match that everyone wanted and loved.