Roger Federer: Why Tennis Great Will Fall to Djokovic

Joey HnathCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand against Juan Monacoof Argentina during Day Eight of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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For the past decade, men’s tennis has been dominated by Swiss star Roger Federer.  In his career, Federer has won 16 Grand Slam titles, more than any other man in men’s tennis history.

In this year’s US Open, Federer reached his 30th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, extending his record steak.

Federer’s 2011 US Open has been very good, as he has only dropped one set on his way to the quarterfinals.  Despite his great play, it is still unlikely that he will win the title his year in New York.

The man that is the favorite has to be the No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic of Serbia.  Djokovic hasn’t dropped a set on his way to the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Assuming both men win their quarterfinal matchups, Djokovic and Federer will meet in one of the semifinals of the US Open.

This semifinal may be for more than just a berth in the finals.  It could be the end of an era and the start of new one.

Federer is 30 years old and nearing the end of his career.  Although he is still one of the world’s best tennis players, he isn’t the dominant player he once was.  Federer has only been to one Grand Slam final since his win in the 2010 Australian Open.

Djokovic, on the other hand, is an emerging star in men’s tennis.  He has already won this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon titles, and will be looking to add one more to his collection.

It will be a tough match, but Djokovic will defeat Federer.  The big two in tennis will no longer be Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but rather Rafa and Novak Djokovic.