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ATP Monte Carlo: Nadal and Djokovic to Battle in the Final

Photo of Rafael Nadal, Fernando Gonzalez, and Novak Djokovic by aldinegirl12.

Photo of Rafael Nadal, Fernando Gonzalez, and Novak Djokovic by aldinegirl12.

In the first semifinal of the day, 3rd seeded Novak Djokovic faced Stanislas Wawrinka, who took out Roger Federer earlier in the tournament. In the first set, Djokovic’s mistakes cost him dearly, as Wawrinka was able to capitalize and eventually win it 6-4. Djokovic, however, cleaned up his game in the second and third sets and was, therefore, able to dominate the Swiss 6-1,6-3.

This is another positive tournament for Djokovic, who struggled early in the season, but has been very consistent in the past few weeks. Djokovic, who resides in Monte Carlo, is now tied for third with Andy Roddick in match wins in 2009, with 26. Only Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have more wins this season.

Djokovic, however, will have to face the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, in the final, which will surely be a tough test. Nadal, who defeated 4th seeded Andy Murray 6-2,7-6(4), looked unbeatable at times, however a lapse in concentration at the end of the second set allowed Murray to make it close. The 1st ranked Spaniard looked like he would close out the match on his serve when he was up 5-3, but Nadal’s mistakes allowed Murray to break. The Scotsman then consolidated the break and the momentum looked to be on his side. During the tiebreak, however, Nadal squashed Murray’s momentum by quickly getting a 3-0 lead, which was a lead that he would never lose.

Nadal and Djokovic have faced each other 6 times on clay and Nadal has won all of those previous meetings. In fact, Djokovic has only taken 1 set off of Nadal on clay (Hamburg 2008). However, even though Nadal has cruised to the final, he hasn’t played at the level that we have come to expect of him on clay. He has definitely looked beatable at times, so if Djokovic can capitalize on any lapses in concentration that Nadal may have, he can give himself a chance to win the match.

This match is very important for Djokovic, who is looking to maintain a lead over Murray for the 3rd ranking.

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