Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer's winning streak in Melbourne last night by defeating the 12-time Grand Slam champion 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(5) in the semifinal, meaning that MadProfessah's predictions in both Men's semifinals were incorrect, and that the World #3 from Serbia has realized his potential as the new heir apparent to the soon-to-be-named Greatest Of All Time. He will now be in his second consecutive Grand Slam final, starting his streak, and ended Federer's streak of consecutive major finals at a record 10 (eight of which he won). The twenty-year-old, (6 foot 2 inch, 176 pounds) Djokovic is now the youngest player ever to reach all four grand slam semifinals in a career, something the current Greatest Ever (14-time Grand Slam champ) Pete Sampras
never achieved (see correction in the comments) also achieved. It's probably only a matter of time before Djokovic reaches the finals of all four majors, which is something Sampras never did achieve and that Federer accomplished in a calendar year twice, in 2007 and 2006.
Djokovic will face French-Congolese wunderkind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men's final on Sunday night. Hat tip to Towleroad who has posted shirtless pictures of both Tsonga and many more of Djokovic on the premium blog for gay men.
It will be interesting to see how this development will complicate Roger Federer's quest to exceed Sampras record of 14 major titles. Mad Professah has already predicted that it will not occur until Wimbledon 2009. I also think Federer will win the French Open before he retires.
Friday, January 25, 2008