Djokovic beats Federer to reach 1st French final

By: Courtesy: Associated Press
By: Courtesy: Associated Press
Novak Djokovic beat a mistake-prone Roger Federer
6-4, 7-5, 6-3 Friday to reach his first French Open final and close
in on becoming the first man in 43 years with four consecutive
Grand Slam titles.

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns to Argentina's Diego Hartfield during their first round Men's Singles match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

PARIS (AP) -- Novak Djokovic beat a mistake-prone Roger Federer
6-4, 7-5, 6-3 Friday to reach his first French Open final and close
in on becoming the first man in 43 years with four consecutive
Grand Slam titles.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic lost three previous semifinals at
Roland Garros, including last year, when Federer stopped the Serb's
43-match winning streak.

On Friday, 16-time major champion Federer didn't play his best,
ending up with 46 unforced errors to Djokovic's 17.

Djokovic won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, then the
Australian Open in January. If he beats six-time French Open
champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, Djokovic will be only the
third man in tennis history with four major titles in a row -- and
first since Rod Laver in 1969.


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