If you are fan of professional tennis then today is your kind of day. The men’s semi-finals of the French Open are upon us and the best four players in the world are scheduled to tangle in what could turn out to be one of the best days of tennis EVER!
In just a few short hours World #1Rafael Nadal, #2Novak Djokovic, #3Roger Federer and #4Andy Murray will take the court to determine who will have the right to play for the 2011 French Open Championship.
I haven’t been this excited about a semi in a LONG LONG time. Let’s take a closer look at the two matches on tap.
In the first semi we have Rafael Nadal taking on Andy Murray in what should be a very interesting match. Nadal has won this event 5 times and has only lost once in his entire French Open career. Philippe Chatrier (Stadium Court) has been his personal playground and it will take a monumental effort from Murray to dethrone the reigning “King of Clay”.
Rafael Nadal must keep Murray moving side to side and test Murray’s injured ankle. That’s a big key to Nadal’s game and the longer he keeps Murray on the court the better off Rafael will be.
For Murray to win today he must look to shorten the points. He doesn’t want to be grinding all day long with the steady dependable Nadal groundstroke’s. He also needs an extremely high first serve ratio and look to finish points early behind that big serve otherwise Murray will be in for a long day at the office.
Look for Nadal to win this match in four sets.
In the second semi we have the incomparable Roger Federer taking on the seemingly invincible Novak Djokovic. Federer is the all-time Men’s Singles Grand Slam champion (16) and is playing incredibly well at the moment. Djokovic is undefeated this season and is in incredible form.
Federer is arguably the greatest player off all time and he’ll need to reach down deep inside and find that greatness otherwise he’s going to get destroyed today. He needs to get back to the graceful all-court style that guided him to 16 Major titles and take Djokovic out early. He does not want extended rallies and he certainly doesn’t want Djokovic to get off to a flying start early.
Djokovic is on fire folks and it will take a Herculean effort from anyone to take him out this weekend. He’ll need to put the “streak” and all the “hype” out of his mind and just concentrate on Federer and play this match one point at a time. At this point it’s all mental for him. He’s had issues concentrating in the past but so far this year it seems as though he’s put those issues in his rear view mirror.
Look for Djokovic in five sets.
I’m taking the day off to watch what is promising to be an amazing day of tennis!!