Novak Djokovic sets up a 2012 Roland Garros clash against the defending champion Rafael Nadal. The Serb demolished the former world no.1 Roger Federer in straight sets, winning 6-4 7-5 6-3.
Set 1: Federer comes out strong to go a break up but he is immediately pegged back by the Serb, who eventually takes the set by breaking the Swiss’ serve to close out the set 6-4. Having started the set with all guns blazing, it was a shame to see the former world no.1 ending the set so inconvincingly.
Set 2: The Swiss regrouped quickly to go up 3-0 (two breaks) and it seemed he would go on to level the match, but having such a lead almost inhibited him, and after failing to convert another three break points, the tide turned. Djokovic managed to claw back both breaks to level at 4-4, but remarkably was then broken once more. Federer was denied when serving for the set at 5-4 and followed by a Djokovic hold, the Serb then took the Federer serve for a fourth time to take the set 7-5.
Set 3: Federer seemed stunned at the start of the set and managed to hold his first two serves. But then the overall match theme prevailed and Novak broke to take a 4-2 lead. The Swiss was misfiring shots that he normally makes easily and following a love service hold by the Serb, Federer looked down and out at 2-5. After the next two games went with serve, Djokovic booked his place in Sunday’s final and will try to take the title from the 6 time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.
Nadal outclassed fellow Spaniard Ferrer in the previous semis, beating him 6-2 6-2 6-1.