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Federer vs. Djokovic: Fed-Ex Will Outlast Djokovic in Epic Semifinal

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05:  Roger Federer of Switzerland is thrown a ball in his men's singles quarter final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during day 10 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IINovember 17, 2016

Watching two players battle it out on the tennis court is sensational television. When the two competitors are Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the enjoyment level reaches an all-time high.

Get ready for something special. 

Friday's 2012 French Open Semifinal will receive an epic showdown, and Fed-Ex will walk away from the clay with another opportunity to win a Grand Slam. 

 

Form

Federer hasn't played exceptional tennis, but Djokovic has been severely struggling in the past two matches.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a backhand during the men's singles semi final match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2011 in Paris, Fr
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Andreas Seppi took Djokovic to a fifth set in the fourth round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took Djokovic to the brink of elimination in the Quarterfinals.

Having five sets with Tsonga I can understand, but it's tough to put your finger on Seppi taking Djokovic to the fifth. Something isn't clicking for Djokovic right now, and Federer is known for opening up weaknesses of his opponents. 

 

History

Federer defeated Djokovic and his 41-match win streak at this same point last year. That has to be in the mind of Djokovic heading into this showdown.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his men's singles quarter final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during day 10 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike
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The French Open remains the only Grand Slam Djokovic is yet to win; Federer has one in his pocket. 

Both aren't tremendous on clay, but trusting Federer in this situation is appropriate. Djokovic has never made it past this round of the tournament.  

 

Confidence

Confidence is key in tennis. When you're confident, your strokes are clean, they are consistent and your shots are well-placed. 

Djokovic isn't feeling the confidence he felt last year. To defeat Federer, confidence has to be apparent. 

It's not there right now. 

 

Prediction

Federer wins in five sets. History, form and confidence will play a major role in the outcome of this showdown. 

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