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Djokovic Beats Federer to Reach French Final

June 08, 2012

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to reach the final of tennis’s French Open as he attempts to hold the sports four major titles at the same time.

The Serb won 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. He’ll face six-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal in two days.

The second set was pivotal, as Federer got two early breaks to go up 3-0. Djokovic came back to tie the set 4-4, only for Federer to break again. Djokovic broke back and took his first lead of the set at 6-5. Federer had won 14 of the 25 times they played before today, although Djokovic had won five of their last six matches.

Djokovic, 25, will play in his first final at Roland Garros. Federer, 30, won the title in 2009, one of his men’s record 16 Grand Slam championships.

Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. The defending French Open champion is going for a men’s record seventh title on the clay courts of Paris.

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