Sunday, April 19, 2009

Video: Djokovic beats Wawrinka to set up Nadal final

World number 3, Novak Djokovic, beat Swiss number 2, Stanislas Wawrinka, in the Monte Carlo semis on Saturday 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, in a repeat to last year's Rome Masters final which also had gone Djokovic's way.

Djokovic will face the toughest test of all in the final, as he meets four-time Roland Garros and Monte Carlo champion, Rafael Nadal, who beat Andy Murray in the semis later on Saturday.

Djokovic said after the match that he must believe in himself heading into the final against Nadal:

"If I think 'Mission Impossible,' then I shouldn't go to the court (against Nadal), like with the white flag."

On the other hand, Nadal assured everyone he was not underestimating Djokovic as an opponent:

"I think he's playing well... He is having a very good tournament. Sure, I have to play my best tennis if I want to have chances to win. So I'm going to try to play aggressive and try my best."

The final is scheduled at 2:00pm (Monte Carlo and Cairo time).

Rafa leads Djokovic 11-4 in their head-to-head series, and their last meeting came in the Davis Cup on clay earlier this season, where Rafa thrashed the Serb, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.


marooned84 said...

It'll be a very interesting match to see. I'd say if Nadal lost a set then there will be some competition on clay this year.

Why do you always stick to the informative style in your posts? I'd love to read your opinions too, u know! That would give it a personal touch.

Reem said...

I like to mix it up... don't always have to say what i think. And in some cases, my opinion is just stating the obvious.. so no point.

It's nice to see Djokovic breaking Rafa just now. Makin this match a bit more entertaining.

Javier said...

One of the best things about Nole is that he believes in himself and doesn't have a defeated attitude (unless when he's retiring of course). But that kind of attitude makes him one of very few people who can try to challenge rafa on clay this year. he won't beat him but he can cause him trouble.

Reem said...

Hi Javier,

Well Djokovic has a bit of a confusing personality because he does believe in himself like you said, and that's what made him beat Federer in Australia and go on to win his first Grand Slam, but at the same time he equally knows how to give up.

Today he threw the last few games against Rafa. It's true that Rafa really stepped up his game at the end but Djokovic gave up completely, although he was doing very well against him early in the set. I guess that first game in the 3rd set drained him.

But it's nice to see someone stretch Rafa like that. He needed the challenge.