ROLAND GARROS 2012
Djokovic/Federer SF Preview: Tale Of The Tape
by Leo Levin|
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|
|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|
|Return Games Played||88||94|
|Return Games Won Percentage||36%||31%|
|Forehand Unforced Errors||99||97|
|Backhand Unforced Errors||87||88|
|All Unforced Errors||192||206|
|Net Points Played||137||146|
|Net Points Won||66%||71%|
|Baseline Points Won||55%||52%|
|Time On Court||14 hours, 29 minutes||13 hours, nine minutes|
Charts courtesy of IBM/Leo Levin, I.D.S.