Roger Federer edges Novak Djokovic in Toronto thriller

Roger Federer prevailed over Novak Djokovic in the 2010 Canada Masters semi-final

Andy Murray defeated world no. 1 Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the semi-final in Toronto 2010. Still, things were to become more challenging for the Briton, with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic facing in the other semi-final.

Federer and Djokovic met for the 15th time on the Tour, and the Swiss celebrated 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 22 minutes. Thus, Roger scored a tenth triumph over Novak and advanced into his 27th Masters 1000 final. Federer fired 11 aces and fended off six out of nine break chances, three at 5-5 in the decider!

Novak wasted those chances and got broken five times, mainly thanks to a slow start and a terrible opening set.They had a similar number of winners and forced errors. Roger tamed his strokes more efficiently in the unforced errors segment, edging the opponent.

Federer forged the win in the shortest points up to four strokes. Djokovic had the upper hand in the most extended rallies, which was not enough to propel him over the top and into the final. Roger held at 15 in the encounter’s opening game with a service winner, breaking Novak at love in the next one to grab an instant advantage.

Firing from all cylinders, the Swiss landed an ace in the third game and another at 3-1 for a massive advantage after only 12 minutes. Djokovic squandered his chances in the extended sixth game and sent a backhand long to find himself 5-1 down.

Roger Federer ousted Novak Djokovic in three sets in Toronto 2010.
The Swiss served for the set in the seventh game and fired another service winner to wrap up the opener in 25 minutes, hoping for more in set number two. Unable to find his strokes, Novak lost serve again at the beginning of the second set when his forehand landed wide.

He held after a couple of deuces at 0-2 to reduce the deficit. The Serb finally found some gear on the return and broke back in game four after forcing Roger’s error. Djokovic held at love a few minutes later to open a 3-2 gap, looking much better than 15 minutes ago.

Federer fended off a break chance in the sixth game and had opportunities on the return in the next one. Novak stayed calm and brought it home after eight deuces and almost 15 minutes. Federer sprayed a forehand mistake at 3-4 to fall behind and push the rival in front.The Swiss wasted a break chance a few minutes later, allowing Djokovic to close the set 6-3 with a forehand winner.

Starting all over, Roger broke at love in the decider’s fourth game and served for a 5-2 advantage. He wasted game points and got broken after Novak’s backhand winner, keeping the rival in contention. The Swiss held from 30-0 down in the ninth game and erased three break points at 5-5 to stay alive.

Roger held with a service winner and sent the pressure to the other side. Novak squandered two game points in the 12th game and got broken after a weak forehand that propelled Roger into the title clash against Andy Murray.

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