Novak Djokovic still hasn’t been served a loss this year, and he already has one Grand Slam title to his credit this year at the Australian Open. Now, he is up against a very stiff challenge against Roger Federer, and he hopes to post yet another huge win against one of his toughest competitors on the ATP Tour in the French Open betting festivities in the men’s semifinals on Friday.
We absolutely love Federer and everything that he has done in his career, and we know that he has once again had a sterling tournament here at Roland Garros. This is the seventh straight time that he has been in at least the quarterfinals of the French Open, and the sixth in which he has been at least a semifinalist. Should he win this match on Friday, the Swiss master will be playing in his fifth French Open final this weekend in the last six years. Federer also has 28 straight visits to the quarterfinals of Grand Slam events, and this is the 26th time in those 28 events in which he has been a semifinalist. He reached the finale of 20 of those 26. Not bad marks, eh? There really have been no challenges to Federer en route to the semifinal, as he hasn’t lost a set. It’s not like the competition hasn’t been stiff, either. Gael Monfils marked the third straight ranked opponent and the second straight in the Top 15 in the world that Federer had to bounce when he moved on to this stage on Wednesday.
For as great of a player as Federer has been in his career and for as great of a history as Rafael Nadal has on the clay courts of Roland Garros, this run of 41 straight match victories for Djokovic might be the most impressive thing that we have seen in tennis in a number of years, especially with so many other fantastic players on the ATP Tour. Djokovic was given a big time boost over the course of the week, as he advanced into the semifinals without ever having to play a quarterfinal match. Unranked Italian qualifier, Fabio Fogninin withdrew from the event right after winning his fourth round tie, and while Federer and Andy Murray had yet to make it past the fourth round of this tournament, Djokovic already knew that he was a semifinalist. To no surprise, Djokovic has only dropped one set yet in this tournament, and that came against an underrated player in Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round. Aside from that though, no one has even stolen more than four games in a set against Djokovic, numbers which are absolutely mindboggling.
With respect to Federer, Djokovic is just playing on a different planet right now than the rest of the players on the ATP Tour. Sure, Rafa might be able to get the best of the Serb in the finale, but at least before we reach that point, we don’t even see the mighty Federer figuring out how to stop him. We have no choice but to go with Djokovic -280 to move on to the finale.
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