Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Federer Vs Djokovic - French Open 2012 preview

The 2012 French Open semi between Federer and Djokovic promises much as the two titans will face of for the second time this year. It was Djokovic who won their clash in Rome , but who could forget the match these two played last year in the semis of Roland Garros 2011.Without a doubt , both players are struggling with their games especially Federer, who has won just one match in straight sets.

Djokovic was far below par in his 4th round match making 77 unforced errors while managing to  hit just 45 but still managed to get the W. Surely , this type of tennis won't suffice against the veteran. Despite being so close to defeat in his QF match against Tsonga , Djokovic , in my opinion, played a pretty good match hitting 44 winners to 34 unforced errors. The only fault in Djokovic's game that I could notice was the break point conversion rate. Stats say 6/13 , but all of those 6 were in sets 1,2  and 5 (when the pressure was off Djokovic) . He had his chances at 5 all in sets 2, 3 and 4 , but failed to convert. Almost all of those break opportunities that he missed were because of errors from the Djokovic racket. That is surely something to watch out for in his semi --- the break point conversion rate.

Federer on the other hand hasn't been too impressive either. His 1st set against del Potro was probably his worst of the tournament. Federer ended up hitting 59 winners and 43 errors against del Potro, but most of Roger's winners were in sets 3 and 4 , when del Potro was struggling a bit . Serve and Forehand are going to be absolutely vital for Federer.

2011 stats ( Federer Vs Djokovic)

  Match Summary
  Federer (SUI)Djokovic (SRB)
  1st Serve %91 of 141 = 65 %112 of 168 = 67 %
  Double Faults22
  Unforced Errors4641
  Winning % on 1st Serve70 of 91 = 77 %67 of 112 = 60 %
  Winning % on 2nd Serve25 of 50 = 50 %34 of 56 = 61 %
  Winners (Including Service)4840
  Receiving Points Won67 of 168 = 40 %46 of 141 = 33 %
  Break Point Conversions4 of 25 = 16 %4 of 13 = 31 %
  Net Approaches15 of 19 = 79 %12 of 24 = 50 %
  Total Points Won162147
  Fastest Serve Speed214 KMH204 KMH
  Average 1st Serve Speed196 KMH191 KMH
  Average 2nd Serve Speed158 KMH152 KMH
  Serve and Volley Points Won0 of 0 = 0 %1 of 2 = 50 %

Djokovic hasn't been playing great , and as we can see , even though Djokovic played a pretty good match in 2011 he still came up short . Djokovic hasn't been hitting through the court too well so its surely going to come down to how Federer plays. There's going to be a lot of pressure on Djokovic and despite doing so well to cope with the same last time around , its hard to imagine he'll do so again

The pick : Federer in 5 sets

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