Saturday, November 6, 2010

Federer-Djokovic in Basel Final... 2.0

Photo by: Julian Finney/Getty Images, Basel 2009

We all know Federer is classy and all, but he is also one to hold a grudge. Okay maybe a grudge is too big of a word, but what am trying to say is, he never forgets a loss to a certain opponent, especially if that loss was at his home tournament in Basel.

So the Swiss talisman must be thrilled that he carefully took care of business against Andy Roddick in the Basel semis on Saturday, to set up a much-anticipated rematch of last year's final against Novak Djokovic, which Federer had lost in 3 sets.

As the season is coming to its final stages, both Federer and Djokovic are merely 350 points apart in the ATP World Rankings and continue to swap the number 2 and 3 spots each tournament. But way more important for the Swiss than keeping his number 2 ranking, is reclaiming his home title from the person who took it from him last year.

On another note, I wonder how Roddick feels after suffering his 20th loss in 22 meetings against Federer? Only 5 other players in the past 30 years have managed to beat the same opponent 20 times. Frustrating much?!

The Federer-Djokovic final is scheduled at 3pm Swiss time. Don't miss it on Al Jazeera Sport 2.

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