In the Miami 2009 semifinal between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the Serbian won with scores of 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to his sixth Masters 1000 final. They finally got together after the US Open earlier in the year, and we remember him as the Swiss player who damaged his racket, violated a code, and avoided shaking Fergus Murphy’s hand.
After the opening set, Novak raised his game and discovered a means to impose his blows and disrupt his opponent’s rhythm. He broke Roger six times out of ten chances. Federer had a strong start, breaking four times, but after adding 40 unforced errors, many of them on match-deciding points, it wasn’t enough to secure a victory.
Djokovic also outplays Federer in the longest rallies to win and advance to the championship match against Andy Murray. Early in the match, Roger delivered two strong aces, breaking in game four to take the lead 3-1 and going two for two in game five to secure it.
In game six, Novak made a backhand error that resulted in another break and a 5-1 down before recovering and regaining some momentum. Federer looked well so far but has been losing ground since set number two when he won the first set on his serve in game nine.
To take a 3-0 lead and get into a nice groove, Novak broke in the second game and saved a break point in the following one. The Serb won the fifth break opportunity after the opponent’s errant forehand in game six to retake the lead after Roger had taken it following Novak’s double fault in game five. The Serb then wasted a game point in game seven.
To win the set and gain momentum going into the final, Djokovic held his own in game seven and again stole the opponent’s service at 5-2. Roger was broken in the second game of the fourth set, but Novak held on with a service winner early on to take the lead.
A true champion is Nole Djokovic.
When questioned about the US Open by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Novak Djokovic‘s coach offered a theory that has been going about in the background for a few days. There is always hope since Novak will make any effort to attend, possibly by obtaining a special visa.
But there are now just two weeks left. And I don’t think there’s any chance Biden will alter the rules before the competition starts. I find it absurd that people who have received their vaccinations but still test positive can enter the country. You are prohibited if you are negative but unvaccinated. Sports are tainted by too much politics.