Juan Martin del Potro set up another opportunity to get his ass handed to him by Roger Federer, on Wednesday defeating No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at Roland Garros to book a semifinal meeting with the world No. 2 Swiss.
Del Potro has lost five in a row against Federer, including a 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 de-pantsing in January at the 2009 Australian Open.
“Everybody wants Roger to win this tournament,” del Potro said, sounding more like a fan-boy than a competitor entering the semis.. “But if I can’t win this tournament, I want to see…Roger with the trophy.”
The lane is open for Federer to drive to the hoop, if nerves don’t play a part against the Argentine.
“It’s going to be very difficult,” del Potro said of playing Federer. “We all know how he plays, and we all know what he wants to achieve here now that Rafa is no longer here.”
Federer advanced into the semis with a surprisingly easy 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-4 win over Frenchman Gael “Force” Monfils.
“I was very nervous before this match, yesterday and today,” Federer said. “But I have a lot of experience. I know that when I step on the court, I will play well. Or very well.”
The Swiss experienced a slow start but rolled through the final two sets.
“Maybe I took too many risks at the beginning,” Federer said, “but I was worried about his forehand.”
Monfils was the 2004 Roland Garros junior champion.
“Today he didn’t miss a lot,” Monfils said. “He still has two tough matches if he wants to win, but I think he can do it. He should be very motivated to win, so, yeah, why not?”
Seems like everyone is cheering for the Swiss, who will try and avoid flashbacks of his bawling meltdown in the final of his last Slam appearance at the Australian Open.
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