History has an odd way of settling old scores. Twelve months ago, Novak Djokovic walked into Roland Garros undefeated, invincible and on his way to rewriting the record books. His exceptional unbeaten season was brought to a commanding halt in the semi-finals when he ran into an inspired Roger Federer. Twelve months hence, the duo would stand on opposite sides of Court Philippe Chatrier once again, however, this time it was Novak who was dishing out the beating, powering his way past the legendary Swiss icon in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. The match was not really even as close as the scoreline suggests with an excessive 46 unforced errors flowing from Federer's racquet to make Novak's job all the easier. As his reward, Djokovic earns a first ever date with Rafael Nadal on the final Sunday at the Spaniard's favourite playground, the French Open.
The first set started as a sparring match with the Swiss Maestro and the top seeded Serbian trading warning shots, feeling each out while holding their serves with relative ease till 2-2. The Swiss struck early to break Djokovicâ€™s serve in the 5th game with a heavy backhand and a corner forehand combination, but the former world no.1 couldnâ€™t consolidate the break as Djokovic immediately broke back to make it 3-3. The set continued to be interesting, but one felt that Djokovic had an extra gear on him which he could unleash when needed.Â·A flurry of errors by the 16 time Grand Slam champion when serving to stay in the set at 4-5, gave Novak the sneaky break at just the right time to nudge ahead in this contest.