Sunday, March 27, 2011

By []Suresh Iyer

 Roger Federer is no longer the 2nd ranked player in the world, as per the rankings decided by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has been displaced by Novak Djokovic, the man who beat him at the Australian Open.
The Serbian beat the Swissman in the semi-finals at Indian Wells to move one step closer to the world's top ranked player, Nadal, whom Djokovic later beat in the final.

In the match against Federer, Djokovic took the first set 6-3, only to see Federer claw back to level the contest at one set all, by claiming the second set at 6-3. But in the end, the Serbian ace proved too good for Federer as he won the third set 6-2 to close out the match, by two sets to one. With the win, Djokovic's winning streak in 2011 reached 17 games, later extended to 18 after beating Nadal in the final.

With this win, Djokovic has had 4 wins against Federer since the US Open semi-final last year. Before the Indian wells tournament, the Serbian got the better of the former world number one at Dubai, in February. In the semi-final on Saturday, March 19, Djokovic played a brilliant baseline game and kept Federer on the run and forced errors out of the Swissman. He broke the Swissman at 2-2 in the first set and rallied from a 15-40 deficit in the next game to hang on to his advantage. The set lasted 44 minutes before a winner at the net ended Federer's misery.

But Federer is nothing if not a champion and he showed ample evidence of that as he fought back to the second set on the back of two breaks of service. The third set was a see-sawing battle for supremacy as Djokovic broke Federer's serve early, but the Swissman was back on level terms at 2-2 only to fall back into arrears at 3-2.

From there, there was no looking back for the Serbian who enjoyed a purple patch winning 11 points in a row; after converting the third of 3 break points earned in the process, Djokovic was sitting pretty with a double break. But there was some fight left in Federer who soon had a break point. But Djokovic held his nerve to stave off the threat, to reserve a place in the final, against Nadal.

This was Djokovic's third win on the trot against Federer, bringing their career head-to-head statistics to 13-9 in the Swissman's favour.

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Suresh Iyer is an avid sports fan and blogger.

Article Source: [] Novak Djokovic Displaces Federer As World Number Two


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