Itâ€™s the Menâ€™s semis of the 2009 US Open all over again at the BNP Paribas Open. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer advanced to complete the remaining semifinal spots.
Novak Djokovic, despite having his service broken early in both sets knocked out Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic rallied from 0-2 in the first set and 0-3 in the second set. The Serb continues his winning streak which is up to 16 consecutive ATP tour singles matches, 18 in a row counting Davis Cup. Djokovic has dropped a mere 12 games during the tournament.
Djokovic on his recent play: â€œConfidence plays a very important role in the life of a tennis player. So if you can roll on that run and try to use that confidence you can have a lot of success and you can really play well,â€ he said.
â€œI do feel really comfortable on the court and am trying to use that confidence because I know that it can easily change. Itâ€™s a very mental game.â€
Djokovic will face Roger Federer in one semifinal. Not only will this be a battle to advance to the final, but for No. 2 in the world. Federer and Djokovic are currently ranked second and third respectively.
Federer disposed of his fellow Swiss and 2008 Olympic gold medal doubles partner Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4. Federer is 18-2 on the season with both losses coming at the hands of Djokovic â€“ Â who drubbed the Swiss in the semis of the Australian Open and the final of Dubai.
Federer:â€œI didnâ€™t know it was the case coming into the tournament, and I feel like if you are playing a fellow top-five guy, it doesnâ€™t matter whatâ€™s on the line,â€ â€œYou just want to beat him, and it doesnâ€™t matter if itâ€™s the finals, semis, rankings involved.â€ Â â€œI have a great record against fellow top-10 players, and thatâ€™s what kind of gets you going.â€
Speaking of doubles partners, Warinka and Federer advanced to the doubles final of the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez. It was Federerâ€™s first doubles win over Nadal, he is now 1-2 in doubles, 8-13 in singles.
Rounding out the semifinal singles match-ups, Rafael Nadal will play Juan Martin Del Potro in the first match on Saturday. Itâ€™s history repeating – Nadal versus Del Potro and Djokovic versus Federer were the exact 2009 US Open semifinal match-ups. Del Potro captured the US Open title defeating Federer in the final in 2009.