Sep 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) returns a shot to Rafael Nadal (ESP) in the men

Djokovic, Federer to meet in Paris Masters semifinals


We have another great match that will have Novak Djokovic square off against Roger Federer, although it isn’t in a Grand Slam. Both have advanced out of the quarterfinal round of the Paris Masters, and will meet in the semifinals.

Novak Djokovic cruised through his quarterfinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. According to an article by the Associated Press, which is found here on ESPN,

Djokovic, who saved all six break points, won 13 of 19 points at the net.

“Coming to the net is one of the improvements that I had recently,” Djokovic said. “It didn’t click so fast, trust me. I had to work and put in many, many hours on the practice court that you guys don’t see.”

Wawrinka lost five-setters against Djokovic at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open this year.

“When he plays that good it’s very difficult, especially on this surface where he’s the best, I believe,” Wawrinka said.

Roger Federer finally beat Juan Martin del Potro, who defended his Swiss Indoors title against Federer last week. It wasn’t quite as easy for Federer, but he got the job done. He won in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

From the same article,

Federer lost to Del Potro in last weekend’s Swiss Indoors final, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion played nearly flawless tennis in the first set, making 17 winners and only four unforced errors.

It will be interesting to see Federer and Djokovic face off against each other, and it could go either way. I suspect that Djokvic will come out victorious, but Roger will keep it close.

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