Wimbledon Tennis 2012 Semifinals: Roger Federer Will Take Down Novak Djokovic

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Wimbledon Tennis 2012 Semifinals: Roger Federer Will Take Down Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic might be the World's No. 1, but No. 3 is coming with a full head of steam.

Roger Federer is playing the most dominant tennis of any player at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, and he will carry that momentum into his semifinals matchup against Djokovic.

Federer comes into the match fresh off of cruising past Mikhail Youzhny in what was a convincing straight-set victory in the quarterfinals. Youzhny came nowhere near Federer throughout the contest, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

The key in the match was his masterful grass-court serve, tremendous return game and outright efficiency with both his forehand and backhand. In reality, there was little Federer didn't do right in the quarterfinals win.

The serve he has put on display throughout this tournament has been tremendous. In the match against Youzhny it was at its peak, with Federer scoring on a whopping 88 percent of his first-serve points. The mark was significantly better than the 51 percent the Russian would win.

More impressive than the service game, which Djokovic has also done remarkably well with, was Federer's return game. FedEx has been able to deliver against an opponent's serve with utmost consistency.

His 31 break points are by far the most of any men's talent at Wimbledon this tournament. Youzhny had a difficult time imposing his will with his serve, as Federer created a whopping 20 break point opportunities in just three sets. At times, his presence on the other side of the net just truly seems overwhelming to deal with.

Djokovic has been fantastic all tournament long, but the finesse Federer has had on display will undoubtedly be too much to handle. Djokovic has played well, but nowhere near the level of Federer. Expect FedEx to take down the Djoker in a four- or five-set match, putting himself in contention for a seventh title at Wimbledon.

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