Federer shatters Djokovic streak to reach final

Roger Federer ending Novak Djokovic's perfect season and 43-match winning streak, beating the second-seeded Serb 7-6 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the French Open semifinals on Friday.

updated: June 04, 2011 01:48 IST
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Paris: Roger Federer brought Novak Djokovic's 43-match winning run to a sensational end Friday as the Swiss legend reached a fifth French Open final and a fourth Paris title showdown with five-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Federer, the 2009 winner, stunned the world number two Serb 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), a victory which not only shattered Djokovic's hopes of making a first Roland Garros final, but also stalled his bid to take over as world number one.

World number three Federer, whose last Grand Slam final had been at the 2010 Australian Open where he wrapped up a 16th major title, sealed a memorable win with his 18th ace in a tie which finished at 2135 (1935GMT) in gathering gloom.

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