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Djokovic/Federer SF Preview: Tale Of The Tape

Paris, France

Federer, Djokovic© Getty ImagesFederer and Djokovic will clash in the Roland Garros semi-finals for the second straight year.

On Friday, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and third-ranked Roger Federer will clash for the 26th time in a rematch of their final four encounter at Roland Garros. A year ago, Federer ended the Serbian's perfect 41-match start to the season in four sets.

The matches between the two have been close hard fought battles with two strokes usually deciding the outcome, Federer's first serve and forehand. Last year here in his semi-final victory, Federer fired 18 aces, won 77 per cent of his first serve points and made just 17 forehand unforced errors. In his 2011 US Open semi-final loss to Djokovic, Federer hit 11 aces, won 67 per cent of his 1st serve points and made 31 forehand unforced errors.

While Federer is usually the aggressor in these matches, Djokovic has had the upper hand in the longer baseline rallies. Look for him to try to extend the points and make Federer work, especially on Federer's serve. Federer has had problems in the past converting his break point opportunities. Last year here against Djokovic, Federer converted four of 25 break points. The fact that he was able to create so many chances kept Djokovic under tremendous pressure on serve, but his inability to convert kept Djokovic in the match.

How Djokovic and Federer compare statistically through the 2012 Roland Garros quarter-finals:  

Novak Djokovic Roger Federer
Aces 26 52
Double Faults 5 11
1st Serve % 67% 60%
1st Serve Points Won 73% 75%
2nd Serve Points Won 61% 62%
Broken 12 times 10 times
Break Points Saved 16/28 24/34
Service Games Held 79/91 88/98
Fastest Serve 128 MPH 129 MPH
1st Return Points Won 40% 33%
2nd Return Points Won 53% 55%
Breaks Of Serve 32 29
Break Points 75 73
Percentage Converted 43% 40%
Return Games Played 88 94
Return Games Won Percentage 36% 31%
Forehand Winners 85 113
Forehand Unforced Errors 99 97
Backhand Winners 47 46
Backhand Unforced Errors 87 88
All Winners 203 260
All Unforced Errors 192 206
Net Points Played 137 146
Net Points Won 66% 71%
Baseline Points Won 55% 52%
Games Lost 69 77
Sets Lost 4 5
Time On Court 14 hours, 29 minutes 13 hours, nine minutes

Read Novak & Roger: The Rivalry

Charts courtesy of IBM/Leo Levin, I.D.S. 

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