A scintillating semi-final contest is set to grace the Shanghai Rolex Masters event on Saturday evening, as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and recently returned world No. 2 Roger Federer will meet once again to determine who will move onto the final of the prestigious culmination of the Asian Swing. Their most recent meeting was undoubtedly one of their greatest encounters, with Djokovic outlasting Federer in a five-set thriller in the Wimbledon final. With 35 meetings dating back to 2006, the head-to-head between the two elite competitors is razor-thin, with the Federer vs Djokovic Head to Head standing at 18-17.
Top seed Novak Djokovic extended his win streak in China to 29 consecutive matches following his 6-4, 6-2 victory over fifth seed David Ferrer. The two-time defending champion needed 95 minutes to close out the victory, as well as three definitive breaks of serve. While the second set was a quicker affair, the opening set featured some spectacular tennis and lasted almost an hour before the Serb ended it with an outrageous rally.
“Roger is one of the best players ever in the game,” said Djokovic. “There is no clear favourite. I think every time we play against each other, it’s a thriller. It’s really a big challenge for both of us. We need to bring our ‘A’ game in order to win.”
17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer reached the semi-final round in Shanghai with a 7-6(4), 6-0 victory over an inspired Julien Benneteau. The Frenchman played a magnificent first set of tennis before Federer stormed back mercilessly to snatch the second set in dominant fashion. The Swiss star hit 34 winners including 11 aces to close out the win in 1 hour and 9 minutes.
As of Monday, Federer will regain the No. 2 ranking, and will now be looking to cement that spot with his first ever title win in Shanghai.
This will mark the 36th time that Djokovic and Federer will cross paths on the ATP World Tour. While their most memorable meetings have all taken place in Grand Slam match-ups, they have also had some impressive battles at Masters 1000 contests such as this one. While Federer has had an impressive season on the tour, it is unlikely that he will be able to end Djokovic’s magnificent win streak and momentum in China.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Three Sets