Novak Djokovic may be the current world number one and holder of the Wimbledon men’s singles title, but today could be the day that all that changes. Facing the Serb in what could be considered the most anticipated Grand Slam semi-final of the season is the man who wants to re-claim both – Roger Federer.
Already holding a stunning six singles titles at Wimbledon, Federer is currently lagging just behind Djokovic and main rival Nadal in the ATP rankings. If he gets past the top seed today however on Sunday, a seventh title and the position of best in the world will be his once again. “It’s not the first time that I’m playing to win or lose a ranking” Djokovic said, but it’s certainly going to be the toughest time.
Djokovic knows that Federer is a force to be reckoned with on grass courts, particularly at Wimbledon where the Swiss has been a dominant presence throughout his career – “When you’re playing at this stage of a Grand Slam against one of your biggest rivals, there are a lot of things involved”. And although Federer’s last appearance in a Grand Slam final was 13 months ago at the French Open he has built up a significant number of wins on tour events over the past year, and is certainly ready to battle his way through all who stand in his way at his favourite tournament.
Amazingly, this year’s Wimbledon will be the first time that the two players have met on grass courts, and Federer himself is unsure of how the match is likely to pan out despite feeling confident – “We don’t know quite what to expect. I feel it’s a bit of an even ground….I’m excited.” Djokovic has improved significantly on grass courts, and his double-win at last year’s Wimbledon and the proceeding Boodles exhibition attests to that, however it may not be enough to stand up to Federer’s supreme skill on lawns and his considerable knowledge of how to play championship winning tennis.