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2011 French Open: Roger Federer Leads Novak Djokovic In Second Semi-Final

As the French Open rolls toward this weekend's epic final, one half of the final draw is already set with top-seeded Rafael Nadal winning in straight sets over the fourth seed Andy Murray. Now all eyes at Roland Garros are on the other semi-final between the storied Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Thus far, it seems another Federer-Nadal match-up is in the works.

Through nearly two sets, Federer is up 7-6, 6-3 after two sets. A win for Federer would extend a record streak that has given him at least one Grand Slam title every year since 2003, since he made it to the semi-finals at this year's Australian Open. Then again, he's always been more successful at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to round out the tennis calendar anyway.

Djokovic, meanwhile, is having a red hot year, having already taken his first Grand Slam title since 2008 earlier this year with the Australian Open win. A trip to another Grand Slam Final would guarantee him his best finish at the French Open after reaching the semi-finals three previous times (including this year). More importantly, a win will tie him with John McEnroe for most victories to begin a tennis season (42) and propel him to the No. 1 ranking in the world above Nadal.

Much is at stake in this semi-final game for both men involved, and even more in the coming final which is looking more and more like another classic Nadal-Federer saga.