Friday, June 3, 2011

Djokovic's Streak Comes to An End

Federer ended Djokovic's streak today after defeating him
6-7 (5-7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7)

Roger Federer has defeated Novak Djokovic to advance to the French Open Finals, and has ended Djokovic's streak of 43 games. Federer handed Djokovic his first loss of 2011.

Djokovic previously passed John McEnroe's win streak of 42 games, when he advanced to the Semi-Finals. Federer defeated Djokovic 6-7 (5-7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7). Technically though, Djokovic really only had a streak of 41 games because in two games in the French Open, Djokovic had an opponent retire and forfeit to him.

Now that Djokovic's streak is over, Federer will go on to play Rafael Nadal in the Finals of the French Open. Nadal just beat Andy Murray today in straight sets.

Rafa is looking to keep his world #1 title with a win over his arch-nemesis Roger Federer. Nadal has previously won Roland Garros five times, including last year's tournament. On the other hand, Federer is looking to win another Grand Slam. Federer has not won a Grand Slam since last year's Aussie Open. Roger and Rafa have combined to win the last six French Opens.

Some of the highlights of Djokovic's journey include victories at the ATP Internazionali BNL d'Italia, ATP Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, ATP Serbia Open, ATP Sony Ericsson Open, ATP BNP Paribas Open, ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and the Australian Open.

During his streak Djokovic had been able to tame Federer and Nadal going 7-0 against them before losing today. Djokovic's last loss came on November 27th 2010 to, none other than Roger Federer.

Ironically, before losing to Federer, Djokovic actually called up McEnroe to ask if he could help him practice in between days before his match against Federer.

Federer vs Nadal will be one for the ages. Nadal has had a history of owning Federer on clay, but Federer beat Nadal in '09. Nadal reclaimed the title the next year though. Nadal is looking to catch up on Federer's Grand Slam record of 16 Grand Slams. Federer is looking to add to his list and possibly win one or two more titles before calling it quits.

Nadal is still probably the best player on the planet, but Djokovic did put up one heck of a streak.  Djokovic will look to rebound and start a new streak, when the tennis schedule continues at Wimbledon in late June.

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