Novak Djokovic vs David Ferrer – US Open Semifinal Preview

 

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In this semifinals round, I doubt that Ferrer will cause an upset, so I will be posting on what to look for and a brief preview on what you will see in this match.

Novak Djokovic defeated David Ferrer 2 times this year, one in the Australian Open quarterfinals, and the other in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open. These two matches were very fun and interesting to watch, which is quite unusual for me to say, because I don’t really find Ferrer’s matches to be VERY exciting. Federer vs Djokovic or Nadal or Djokovic matches are fun to watch. But the best are the matches that Gael Monfils plays.

Now back to the topic. Throughout the match, I think that there will be several points where long, powerful rallies will continue for a while. I’ve watched both highlights for this year’s Djokovic vs Ferrer matches(AO and Sony Ericsson), and most of the points were either a long rally from both players, or an amazing superb shot from Djokovic.

I will be expecting some great defense points from Djokovic. Ferrer likes to play aggressive, so as long as Djokovic does a great job in defending and counter-attacking, I think there won’t be much of a problem. Ferrer should be careful when he aims for Djokovic’s forehand while Djokovic is on the run, especially if the ball goes too far down the line. The reason; Djokovic has this technic using his wrist and elbow that allows him to slam an amazing shot cross-court which usually results as an ace, even when he is in a difficult position to hit such a shot.
If Djokovic hits his shots from side to side and make Ferrer run a lot, Ferrer will lose stamina which will help Djokovic a lot during his match. Even if Djokovic is losing 2 sets to none, if Ferrer is out of stamina, Djokovic may still have a chance to make a comeback.

As for Ferrer, if he does not go from Attack Mode to Defense Mode, he will be able to play well against Djokovic. What I mean is, going from defense to offense is okay, but the opposite is not a good tactic to use, especially if the opponent is Djokovic. (Learned it from FYB.) Ferrer has a very good offensive forehand, and as long as he keeps the unforced errors low, he may be able to take one or two sets from Djokovic.

I think that one set will be a count of 6-3, favoring Djokovic, and there may be a 5-5 or tiebreaker in the second or third set of the match.
My prediction:
6-3
7-5
3-6
6-3
Novak Djokovic wins.

Good luck to both players, and I hope to see a fabulous match!

~Jin

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