The second semi-final pair at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 2014 will consist of reigning champion Novak Djokovic and fourth seed Roger Federer – both of them recorded come from behind victories this afternoon.
The Swiss Maestro, who took on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, did not enjoy the brightest of starts as he was outplayed by the ninth-seeded Frenchman in the second half of the opening set. In truth, FedEx did create a few break points during that period, but was wasteful with them, whereas his rival converted on two occasions to move one set ahead. The Swiss tried to up his game in the set number two, but all ten of his break point chances went begging and he only managed to level the terms after the tie-break. With the momentum on his side, Federer raced through the final set and while Tsonga saved the first match point to avoid a bagel, he was helpless to stop the 17-time Grand Slam winner to seal the clash by winning 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1.
Second seed Djokovic faced an even tougher test against last week’s Casablanca title holder Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The unseeded Spaniard confirmed his good form in the first set which he opened by creating a double break cushion by 4-1. Novak pegged one break back and came close to making it 5-5, but the underdog was determined to move one nil up and he did so after capitalizing on the set point number four. The Serb put in a more convincing display in the following set, yet he was somewhat lucky not to fall a set and a break behind in a couple of his service games. However, he converted on the single break point of the set in the following game before ultimately taking the action-packed clash to the decider. The Spaniard found it hard to regroup as he evidently lacked concentration and accuracy in the final set. He was broken three times by Djokovic who set up a classic semi-final showdown with Federer after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 triumph.