Defending champion Novak Djokovic takes on World No 4 Roger Federer in the semi-final of the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters at the Court Central in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, on Saturday.
Where to Watch Live
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Djokovic dropped his first set in the Monte-Carlo Masters this year against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his quarterfinal clash on Friday.
The World No 2 surprisingly lost the first set 4-6 against the 30-year-old Spaniard, who had upset World No 5, Tomas Berdych, on Thursday.
However, the Serbian ensured that Garcia-Lopez does not cause a second upset of the tournament at his expense. But the 26-year-old managed to recover and seal his place in the last four after winning subsequent sets, 6-3, 6-1 in a match that lasted 132 minutes.
Meanwhile, Federer too lost his first set of the tournament and was nearly knocked out in the last eight by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner lost, 2-6 in the first set and was on the verge of elimination with the score, 5-6, 0-30 in the second set.
The 32-year-old maintained his composure and forced the game into a tiebreaker and ousted the ninth-seeded Frenchman, 7-6 (6), to force a deciding set.
The Swiss maestro successfully held his ground in the third set and comfortably won 6-1after two hours and 26 minutes to set up his clash against Djokovic in the semi-final.
Djokovic is well on course to defending his Monte-Carlo Masters crown and will need to outwit Federer in every department to fulfil his ambitions.
Federer has thrice reached the finals of this competition and has been denied the title on all three occasions by eight-time Monte-Carlo masters winner, Rafael Nadal.
The winner of this clash will challenge the player who emerges victorious between World No 3, Stanislas Wawrinka, and World No 6, David Ferrer, for the coveted prize in the final on Sunday.
Route to Semi-Finals
- First Round: Bye
- Second Round: 6-1, 6-0 v Albert Montanes
- Third Round: 6-0, 6-1 v Pablo Carreno Busta
- Quarterfinals: 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
- First Round: Bye
- Second Round: 6-1, 6-2 v Radek Stepanek
- Third Round: 6-4, 6-1 v Lukas Rosol
- Quarterfinals: 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Federer marginally holds an advantage of 17-16 against Djokovic in overall meetings. The pair have met 11 times in Grand Slam events where Federer holds a narrow 6-5 lead.
Djokovic holds a 4-1 lead in the last five meetings between them.
Monte-Carlo Masters History
Djokovic and Federer have faced each other twice in Monte-Carlo and the latter has prevailed on both occasions.