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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/08/2012

French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer, will meet Rafael Nadal in 4th straight Grand Slam final

When Roger Federer ended Novak Djokovic’s ridiculous 41-match winning streak in last year’s French Open semifinals, he briefly stuck his nose back into the top tier of the men’s tennis hierarchy.

But it’s becoming increasingly evident that there’s only room for two at the winner’s table — and Federer looks like the odd man out.

With a swift 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 victory in Friday’s semifinals at Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic set up the fourth straight Grand Slam final between the World No. 1 and Rafael Nadal. Nadal breezed into Sunday’s final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.

Coming off a grueling five-set victory over fan favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic looked fresh and focused, breaking Federer twice in the opening set and four times in the second. Djokovic converted 7 of 10 break points on the day while Federer — coming off a five-setter of his own — looked very un-Federer-like as he committed 46 unforced errors.


Roger Federer is the odd man out once again. (Michel Euler - AP)
Now Djokovic will try to accompish the rare feat of holding all four major titles at the same time, but he’ll have to go through a man who owns the red clay of Roland Garros to do it.

With his win over Ferrer, Nadal improved to a jaw-dropping 51-1 at the French Open and he’s clearly on his game this week — Nadal has not dropped a single set in the tournament. He’ll have just as much at stake Sunday when he looks to become the first seven-time French Open champion.

Meantime Federer is left to ponder his inability to take down the top two players in the world. Have we seen the last of him hoisting a Grand Slam trophy?

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