Roland Garros 2019

Roland Garros 2019 : Roland Garros SF Preview: Is This Thiem’s Time Against Djokovic?Top seed Novak Djokovic and fourth Dominic Thiem look to cement their outstanding Roland Garros form with a place

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The World No. 1 has won his past 26 Grand Slam matches and is two wins away from completing a second “Nole Slam” by holding all four majors at once. Djokovic looks to join Rod Laver as the only players in history to accomplish this on two separate occasions. He also seeks to become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the four Grand Slams twice.

Read: Laver Talks Djokovic’s Pursuit Of ‘Nole Slam’

“The sense of history-making is only getting stronger. That’s one of the greatest motivations I have,” said Djokovic. “There is no better way to make history in the sport than to win slams and play your best in the biggest events, and obviously try to stay No. 1 as long as you can. Those are the pinnacle achievements that you can have in our sport.”

Djokovic leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Thiem 6-2, but both of Thiem’s wins have come on clay. They’ve split their two previous Roland Garros meetings. Djokovic prevailed in the 2016 semi-finals and Thiem turned the tables in the 2017 quarter-finals. The World No. 1 won their most recent clash last month in the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals.

Despite a track record of success against Thiem, he won’t take the Austrian lightly when they meet on Friday.

“Dominic is deservedly where he is [as] one of the top four guys, especially on clay. That’s where he’s playing his best tennis,” said Djokovic. “He’s got that tremendous power in his game, especially with his forehand and serve. I think his backhand also has improved a lot in the last couple of years.

“It seems like his relationship with Nicolas Massu has helped him a lot, also mentally, in big matches. If he continues playing this way, not just on clay but in general, I think we will probably be seeing him more often on different surfaces in the final stages of the tournament.”

The Serbian is through to the Roland Garros semi-finals for the ninth time and did so without dropping a set. He leads the four semi-finalists in service games held throughout the tournament. French Open 2019: Friday Roland-Garros Schedule and Bracket Predictions
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June 6, 2019

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic plays a shot against Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem set up a semi-final clash at the 2019 French Open after recording impressive wins at Roland-Garros on Thursday.

Djokovic saw off Alexander Zverev in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, while Thiem did the same to Karen Khachanov, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. The two will now meet on Friday, with Djokovic likely to continue his irrepressible form, even against a player as capable on clay as Thiem.

Friday also sees Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renew their storied rivalry for the right to play in yet another Grand Slam final.

The WTA bracket sees Ashleigh Barty meet Amanda Anisimova in the last four. Barty beat Madison Keys 6-3, 7-5, while Anisimova continued her excellent tournament by dispatching defending champion Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4.

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(3) Roger Federer vs. (2) Rafael Nadal, 11:50 a.m. BST/6:50 a.m. ET (Nadal)
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (4) Dominic Thiem, after Federer vs. Nadal (Djokovic)

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(8) Ashleigh Barty vs. Amanda Anisimova, 10 a.m. BST/5 a.m. ET (Barty)
(26) Johanna Konta vs. Marketa Vondrousova, 10 a.m. BST/5 a.m. ET (Konta)

Djokovic and Nadal to Meet in the Final

Djokovic still hasn’t dropped a set en route to the last four. He was imperious against Zverev after being pushed all the way during a tense opening set.

The world No. 1 claimed it 7-5, but he found things easier after that, dropping only four games before sealing victory. French Open 2019: Nadal expects Federer onslaught in semi-final
For the first time in eight years, Nadal has braced for an all-out assault from Federer. Of the 38-match rivalry, Federer managed to win the last five matches, but can never manage more than a set in clay.
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June 7, 2019
UPDATED: June 7, 2019 09:44 IST

Rafael Nadal expects Roger Federer onslaught in semi-final. (Reuters Photo)
Rafael Nadal expects Roger Federer onslaught in semi-final. (Reuters Photo)
HIGHLIGHTS

Nadal believes Federer will come at him with full energy after a comfortable passage to the last four
Federer hasn’t managed more than 1 set in their last 5 Roland Garros meetings
I really expect that he’s gonna play aggressive, changing rhythms: Nadal

Rafael Nadal is braced for an all-out assault from Roger Federer when the two great rivals meet at Roland Garros for the first time in eight years in Friday’s French Open semi-final.

Although Federer has won the last five meetings in their 38-match rivalry, none of them were on the Spaniard’s beloved clay.

In their five previous meetings at Roland Garros, including four finals, Federer has never managed more than one set.

Despite being generally regarded as the greatest player of all time, 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has never fathomed a way of suppressing the marauding Mallorcan at Roland Garros.

Nadal, bidding for a record-extending 12 titles, believes the Swiss will be coming at him with all guns blazing after a comfortable passage to the last four.

“There are no two matches the same,” Real Madrid fan Nadal told reporters as he looked ahead to tennis’s El Clasico.

“We always try things. Let’s see. Let’s see what’s going on. I really expect that he’s gonna play aggressive, changing rhythms, going to the net. That’s my feeling.

“He’s playing well and he has the tennis to make that happen. I have to be solid. I have to hit the ball enough strong to don’t allow him to do the things from good positions.”

Federer, bidding to win the title for the second time, 10 years after he beat Robin Soderling to claim his sole French Open crown, has only dropped one set on his return to Roland Garros, having missed the last three French Opens.

Nadal has been equally dominant and obliterated Kei Nishikori with an awesome show of force in the quarter-finals.

Federer banks on ‘fearless’ approach

With only two wins from their previous 15 claycourt meeting Federer knows he must bring something different to the party and says he will adopt a “fearless” approach to try to get the better of his Roland Garros nemesis.

Should he manage it, it would be arguably one of the greatest feats of his sensational career.

“For me to even get to Rafa was not simple,” Federer, at nearly 38 the oldest men’s Grand Slam semi-finalist for 28 years, said after defeating countryman Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.

“It took five me five matches to get here. That’s why I’m very happy to play Rafa, because if you want to do or achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa, because he’s that strong.

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