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French Open: Men’s Final Four Set

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Roger Federer

Like the women, the men’s French Open Final Four is now set as unranked Frenchman Gael Monfils just defeated the fifth-ranked David Ferrer from Spain to advance to the semi-finals. Monfils’ reward?

Roger Federer.

While it’s highly likely Federer will be the favorite, Monfils will certainly have the backing of the French crowd. Will Roland Garros provide a large enough home-court advantage to rattle the likes of Roger Federer? That’s doubtful.

However, a pro-Monfils audience can help energize the Frenchman as he faces one of the best tennis players ever. Also, the clay court conditions could work in Monfils’ favor. While Federer normally has no problem advancing deep into the French Open, he has never won its title — although, he does have seven titles from other clay-court tournaments.

Perhaps clay isn’t Federer’s problem after all. Maybe it’s just Rafael Nadal.

Of course, what would a modern-day Men’s French Open semi-final be without the appearance of Nadal? Lacking, that’s what. However, there’s no need to worry about what’s missing because after smoking Nicolas Almagro , 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, Nadal is making another appearance in the French Open semi-finals. In fact, Nadal has been so impressive during the Open, some think he’s a shoe-in to four-peat.

Aside: while a four-peat in any major sport is impressive, isn’t it time for Rafael to win a major NOT played on a clay court?

In order for Nadal to complete his quest for four-straight French Open titles, he’ll first have to beat third-seeded Novak Djokovic from Serbia. Earlier this tennis season, Djokovic won the Australian Open. This means Nadal will probably have his hands full.

The Men’s semi-final matches are scheduled to take place on Friday.

Intentional Upset: Federer Goes Down

Roger Federer

The Australian Open continues to provide upset fodder, but this time, it happened to Roger Federer, who is probably the most dominant athlete active today; more so than even Tiger Woods. The first leg of tennis’ Grand Slam was supposed to be another step towards Federer’s coronation as the sport’s best player; instead, Federer finds himself doing something quite foreign: watching a men’s singles finals in the sport he has so thoroughly dominated.

Speaking of domination, Federer found himself on the short end of that particular stick by losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6. Unlike Nadal’s slip, Federer at least lost to a ranked player. Djokovic is ranked third overall.

Federer was seeking his third straight Aussie Open title and looking to get one step closer to Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles. The defeat is also the first straight-set loss for Federer since the 2004 French Open (I guess he surrendered). The quest for tennis supremacy wasn’t the only streak derailed by Djokovic.

Until last night/this morning, Federer had reached ten straight Grand Slam finals. He had also won 19 in a row in Australia until he took the court with Djokovic.