Dear tennis friends,
It has been quite an interesting French Open so far.
We have seen Ernests Gulbis, the unexpected Latvian, uprooted all the seeds in his path en route to the final four. After ousting Roger Federer in the fourth round, Gulbis battered sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych with a barrage of services averaging over 200 km/h. He also secured early breaks in each set and played with the kind of intrepidness that should strike fear in the hearts of the top seeds. But can he continue to hit winner after winner against a bona fide retriever like Djokovic?
The only Grand Slam title that eluded Novak is the French Open title. It could be due to this that he decided to engage Boris Becker to be his coach. His run in this tournament has been pretty smooth. With the experience of 22 grand slam semi-finals appearance, I feel that Djokovic should prevail in this semi-finals showdown.
The other semi-finals is the repeat of 2011 French Open semi-finals between
Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. I have witnessed that match in 2011 live when I was in Paris that year. Nadal won Murray in 3 straight sets.
This year is slightly different for Murray. He had a career-threatening back operation last autumn; his form since then has been patchy and unpredictable; he has had no coach since parting with Ivan Lendl two months ago and has yet to find a new one; with none of his career 28 titles on clay, he rarely thrives on the red dirt; and his seeding of seven here is his lowest at a Slam in almost six years.
Nadal's results in the tournaments prior to the French Open has not been magnificent compared to previous years. However I feel that his form has been improving gradually in this tournament. I do not think Murray can stand in his way to the finals. I predict Nadal should prevail in a tight 4 setters.
Enjoy the mouth watering semi-finals.
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