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Djokovic, Gulbis Aim For Final Spot

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Djokovic, Gulbis© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has a 4-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Ernests Gulbis ahead of their Roland Garros semi-final.

There will be no room for sentiment on Friday when Novak Djokovic and Ernests Gulbis meet for a place in the Roland Garros final.

Djokovic fondly remembers their 12-year association as players and friends, which dates back to when they both trained at Niki Pilic’s academy near Munich.

“He was always very talented,” said Djokovic. “I remember he came out in the practices swinging fully through the ball. He always had this confidence about him that you could say that even though he was 14, 15 at the time that he was going to become something big.”

But with a shot at reclaiming No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and becoming the eighth man in tennis history to complete a career Grand Slam, Djokovic knows that he must knuckle down to business if he is to go one better than his 2012 runner-up finish.

Second seed Djokovic, who will return to No. 1 if Rafael Nadal does not lift his ninth trophy on Parisian clay, has a 4-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over No. 18 seed Gulbis.

The pair has not met for more than three years. Their only clay-court clash came at the 2008 Roland Garros quarter-finals, which, prior to this tournament, was Gulbis’ best run at a Grand Slam championship. Djokovic won 7-5, 7-6(3), 7-5 and has beaten Gulbis in a further three hard-court clashes. Gulbis’ lone win over Djokovic came at the 2009 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.

“The way I'm playing now, I never played like this,” said Gulbis. “I never felt like this. What was in the past I don't even consider.  I beat him once, also in a bad match. It's 0-0 for me.

Djokovic has won 32 of his 74 return games and has struck 63 forehand and 50 backhand winners in his five matches so far. Gulbis has struck 62 aces – including one timed at 140 miles per hour – and 67 forehand winners.

Djokovic will be attempting to reach his 13th Grand Slam championship final (6-6) overall, while Gulbis is riding on the crest of a wave, having beaten Roger Federer in the fourth round, on his best run at a major.

Here's a closer look at their 2014 Roland Garros stats:

GULBIS
CATEGORY
DJOKOVIC
62
Aces
21
19
Double Faults
9
58%
1st Serve Percentage
66%
80%
1st Serve Points Won
71%
63
2nd Serve Points Won
63%
9
Broken
10
20
Break Points Faced
29
88
Games Served
75
90%
Service Games Held
87%
140 mph
Fastest Serve
127 mph
32%
1st Return Points Won
33%
55%
2nd Return Points Won
66%
28
Breaks Of Serve
32
60 (47%)
Break Points (Pct. Converted)
64 (50%)
84
Return Games Played
72
33%
Return Games Won
44%
45
Forehand Winners
63
59
Forehand Unforced Errors
55
67
Backhand Winners
50
72
Backhand Unforced Errors
58
198
Winners
159
153
Unforced Errors
123
49/85 (58%)
Net Points Won (Pct.)
52/74 (70%)
52%
Baseline Points Won
58%
66
Games Lost
51
3
Sets Lost
1
12:19
Time On Court
10:24

Statistics courtesy: IBM

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