Olympic Tennis 2012: Previewing Inevitable Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic Duel

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Olympic Tennis 2012: Previewing Inevitable Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic Duel
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With Rafael Nadal out of the Olympics, it looks as if the grand finale for the tennis gold medal will be an ultimate clash between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

If both players play good tennis, then it will be inevitable that they will battle it out for the gold in the final match.

Federer has all the momentum on his side after defeating Djokovic in the semifinals at Wimbledon, and then going on to capture his 17th Grand Slam title.

Djokovic, on the other hand, lost his World No. 1 ranking to Federer, and now needs to make his redemption at the Olympics.

Let's take a quick analysis at how two of the greatest tennis players stack up to each other.

 

Serving

Both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are great servers. They have the ability to deliver big serves that stay within the lines with consistency.

Djokovic has the firepower to hit the big serves, and so does Federer even though he is five years older than Novak.

 

Overall, both are pretty flawless in serving.

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Advantage: Tie

 

Backhand

It is undeniable that Djokovic has a great backhand. Federer's, however, is even better, especially his slice backhand.

When Federer hits his backhand shots, he doesn't rush. He just executes his technique and hits the ball with absolute precision.

Djokovic, on the other hand, has a strong backhand, but occasionally he tries to force it too much, which results in a bad shot.

Advantage: Roger Federer

 

Forehand

Djokovic's forehand is powerful and very deadly, if executed well. It can be said that Novak has a better forehand shot than his backhand, and it is a shot he can trust more than his backhand. Djokovic's ability to power his racket through the ball in a forehand allows him to hit a very fast ball that few can return.

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Federer's forehand isn't as powerful, but it is pretty accurate. Fed doesn't really falter with his forehand shots; quite frankly he doesn't seem to falter at all. He won't be able to overpower Novak on the forehand, so he'll just have to pick his points and slug it out.

Advantage: Novak Djokovic

 

Footwork

Roger Federer covers the court so well. He's so graceful and majestic when he runs and hits his shots. What makes this an incredible feat is that Fed is 30 years old, and he doesn't look tired at all.

Djokovic has great footwork as well, and can cover the court with amazing speed. His footwork resembles that of Rafael Nadal, who is a very fast runner and has a lot of firepower.

That extra firepower that Djokovic has should give him the advantage because it allows him to change his speed and direction faster than most tennis players.

Advantage: Novak Djokovic

 

Mentality

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The mental side of any sport is a totally different aspect from all the physical endurance and technique.

Roger Federer grasps his own mentality so well that he seems so calm when playing tennis. His stoic face and those steely eyes show no emotion at all. If you ever watch Federer play tennis, he never really seems to be frustrated or too happy. He controls his emotions so well.

Djokovic's demeanor is a different story. He has that fire in his eyes, and he can get a little boisterous at times. Novak is not as calm as Federer and has that explosiveness that can sometimes break though for him.

However, Federer has found a way to beat back those explosive moments by winning key points that would have shifted momentum toward Djokovic's side and keeping Novak at bay.

Advantage: Roger Federer

 

Final Prediction

Most likely, Roger Federer will walk away victorious if the two clash in the finals. He knows how to beat Djokovic after Wimbledon and has a lot of confidence heading into these Olympic Games.

Look for Fed to earn that gold medal this year.

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