Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic met in the Miami 2009 semi-final, with the Serb posting a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 triumph for his seventh Masters 1000 final. They met for the first time since the year’s US Open past, and we remember him for the Swiss, who broke his racket, received a code violation and skipped the handshake with chair umpire Fergus Murphy. Novak broke Roger six times out of ten opportunities, raising his level after the first set and finding a way to impose his punches and take his opponent’s rhythm away. Federer got off to a good start and broke four times, although it wasn’t enough for a positive result after adding 40 unforced errors, many of them in the crucial moments. Also, Djokovic dominates Federer in the longest rallies to secure victory and set up the final clash against Andy Murray. Roger produced two good aces early in the match, breaking in game four to open a 3-1 lead and going two-for-two winners in game five to cement the lead. Novak missed a backhand in game six to experience another break and fall 5-1 before recovering a break to pick up some momentum. Federer clinched the opening set on serve from him in game nine, looking good so far but losing ground since set number two. Novak broke in the second game and saved a break point in the next to open up a 3-0 lead and establish a good rhythm. Roger recovered the break after Novak’s double fault in game five and squandered a game point in the next before the Serb converted the fifth break chance after a loose forehand from the opponent to regain the lead. Djokovic held his own in game seven and stole the rival’s serve again at 5-2 to seal the set and pick up a boost before the decider. Novak held on with a service winner early in the final set and broke Roger in the second game to build the lead.
Nole Djokovic is a true champion
Asked by the Italian daily La Repubblica, Novak Djokovic’s coach made a hypothesis about the US Open, a hypothesis that has been circulating behind the scenes for a few days. “There is always hope, Novak will do anything to be there, maybe with a special visa. However, there are only two weeks left. And, personally, I have no hope of Biden changing the rules before the tournament begins. To me, this all makes no sense: if you are vaccinated but test positive, you can enter the United States. If you are unvaccinated but negative, you are banned. There is too much politics in sport.”