The 2012 Roland Garros men’s main draw singles quarter finals are now complete. The semi finals will be played on Friday 8 June beginning at 2pm local time in Paris, France. In this post an overview of what happened in the quarter finals and a look at the semi final from the top half of the draw will be covered.
From the initial 240 men playing at Roland Garros this year (112 main draw + 128 qualifiers), only the four best players over the past 11 days remain. The maximum of 2,000 ATP ranking points, € 1,250,000 (Euros), the Coupe des Mousquetaires (The Musketeers Cup) and the coveted Roland Garros singles title is there to be won by whoever can perform best in Sunday’s mens singles final.
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The 2012 Roland Garros men’s singles semi final draw is:
- Novak DJOKOVIC  v  Roger FEDERER
- David FERRER  v  Rafael NADAL
In the quarter final matches played on Tuesday 5 June both the No.1 seed Novak Djokovic and the No.3 seed Roger Federer had to overcome adversity and comeback from being down in their matches. 2009 Roland Garros singles champion Roger Federer played on court Suzanne Lenglen at the same time as World No.1 Novak Djokovic played on court Philippe Chartrier.
The 1.85m Federer trailed by two sets to love against his conqueror in the 2009 US Open final Juan Martin del Potro. The 30-year-old Federer playing in his eighth straight Roland Garros quarter final and ninth in total, scored his 54th win at Roland Garros. Guillermo Vilas whose 56-17 win/loss record is both the most wins and most matches played in this event’s history is within reach by the Swiss if he wins the title this year for a second time.
Federer prevailed 36 67(4) 62 60 63 in 3 hours and 14 minutes to move to 12-2 against del Potro. The 16-time Grand Slam singles champion completed his career Grand Slam by winning the Roland Garros title in ’09 and was the runner-up in 2006 to 2008 as well as last year. Federer was playing his 32nd straight quarter final or better in a Grand Slam singles event and will be playing his 31st Grand Slam semi final after making his first at Wimbledon in 2003.
Federer has made it clear that he intends to return to No.1 and win more Grand Slam titles and has proven again recently that he can do it. The right hander with a single-handed backhand needs just one more week at No.1 to equal Pete Sampras’s record for most weeks spent at No.1 (286). Federer has won more singles titles than anyone else on the ATP Tour in the past 7 months with 7 titles from his last 11 tournaments.
The 1.88m Djokovic trailed by two sets to one against local favourite and No.5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 25-year-old Djokovic playing in his sixth Roland Garros quarter final in the past seven years, scored his 30th win at Roland Garros. The Serbian has come back to win in 5 sets in his last two matches after being in even deeper trouble against No.22 seed Andreas Seppi in the round of 16 where he trailed by two sets to love.
Djokovic is focused on winning his first Roland Garros singles title to complete a career Grand Slam and be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once. Djokovic triumphed 61 57 57 76(6) 61 in 4 hours and 9 minutes after saving four match points in the fourth set to move to 6-5 against Tsonga. The 5-time Grand Slam singles champion equalled his career best at Roland Garros by making the semi finals for a fourth time – 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. The right hander with a double-handed backhand will be playing his 15th Grand Slam semi final and has reached the semi finals or better in his last eight Grand Slam tournaments.
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Head-to-Head Djokovic versus Federer
Federer leads with 14 wins to Djokovic’s 11 wins. Djokovic has won the last two meetings in semi finals: Rome this year and at the 2011 US Open. However, Federer defeated Djokovic in the 2011 Roland Garros semi finals and a number of Djokovic’s recent semi final victories against Federer have come after Federer has held match points.
Consider yourself blessed to witness another semi final between Federer and Djokovic, both of whom, have achieved the World Number One ranking, won three out of four Grand Slam singles titles in a calendar year – Federer in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and Djokovic in 2011 and share 21 Gr!nd Slam titles between them. In light of these facts it is absolutely ridiculous to deem one player a favourite and the other an underdog in tomorrow’s semi final. Now all I have to say is, I cannot wait to see…Federer and Djokovic BRING IT ON!
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