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.
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?