The French Open Men's Semifinals take place tomorrow, and you'll find the men's participants are extremely familiar faces. The Big Three, Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer are all there, and the only surprise, mild at best, is David Ferrer, who defeated Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. Federer plays Djokovic, while Ferrer takes on Nadal. Nadal and Ferrer will be on first, followed by Djokovic and Federer, who are meeting again for the second year in a row here after their classic last year in which Federer stopped Djokovic's streak. Click "Read More" to get our preview and predictions. It should be a highly entertaining day of tennis.
2012 French Open- Men's Semifinals
Rafael Nadal vs. David Ferrer
On the surface, this seems like a mismatch, and upon further inspection it really is onesided. Nadal is 15-4 against Ferrer, with Ferrer's only somewhat recent wins coming on hard courts. Nadal is the king of clay, with six wins at Roland Garros and counting. The problem for Ferrer is that he has no weapon to challenge Nadal with. His serve is good, but not spectacular, his backhand is solid, but not game-changing like Djokovic, and his forehand, which is clearly his biggest weapon, isn't as potent as Federer's. His movement is great, and he's tenacious on the court, but he can't match Nadal's athleticism or weaponry. Two of the three sets should be close, and if Ferrer is especially inspired, he might be able to win a set, but this one should be all Nadal.
Prediction: Nadal in Three
Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer
This is the marquee matchup of the day, and while it probably won't compare to last year's classic, it should be a great match. Djokovic has been struggling mightily this tournament, being pushed to five sets by Andraes Seppi and then beating Tsonga after facing four match points. He's shown his grit, his toughness, and his desire to complete the Djoker Slam. With a win in this tournament, he would own all four majors at one time, an incredible feat. Will the pressure be too much for him? It's seemed to affect him a bit, but as we get deeper into the tournament it might get to be too much. I believe it was partly a reason why he fell to Federer last year in this round, but there are some major differences between last year and this one. For one, Federer isn't playing nearly as well as he did last year. He did win Madrid, but he's been dropping sets to players he shouldn't be dropping sets to, and then in the quarterfinals he was down two sets to love to Juan Martin del Potro before coming back. He's been shanking a lot more balls than usual, and this will likely come back to haunt him against Djokovic. This is a tough one to predict but recent form suggests that Djokovic should pull this one out. Of course, last year we said the same thing, and Federer won the match of the year. Still, Djokovic should win this one.
Prediction: Djokovic in Four