Roger Federer has lost to Novak Djokovic on three consecutive occasions in Grand Slams. The Swiss fell in five sets in the 2014 Wimbledon title match, also in five at the same stage at the All-England Club in 2015, and in four sets in the final of last summer’s U.S. Open. Despite recent struggles against Djokovic, Federer still feels that he can contend with the world’s best. Check out the Federer vs Djokovic H2H results.
“I feel like I’m competitive at the top,” world No. 3 assured. “I can beat all the guys on tour. It’s nice now that in the last three slams that I’ve been as consistent as I have been. I’m playing good tennis; fun tennis for me, anyway.”
The overall head-to-head series has to be somewhat encouraging for Federer, as well, heading into a showdown at the Australian Open on Thursday. It is an even 22-22 after being deadlocked at 21-21 heading into the World Tour Finals last fall. Federer briefly pulled ahead with a 7-5, 6-2 upset during round-robin action before Djokovic won the final 6-3, 6-4.
Along the way to this semifinal affair, both men endured only one match that went past a third set. Djokovic survived 100 unforced errors to beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the fourth round. Other than that, the top-seeded Serb has costed past Hyeon Chung, Quentin Halys, Andreas Seppi, and Kei Nishikori. Federer dropped one set Grigor Dimitrov in the third round but has otherwise rolled over Nikoloz Basilashvili, Alexandr Dolgopolov, David Goffin, and Tomas Berdych.
“Any round feels like finals because of the fact that we are–you know, big rivals,” Djokovic commented. “We (have) played so many times against each other. There’s a lot of tension. There’s a lot at stake. I’m expecting a great fight.”
In terms of quality, this really should be a great one. But how competitive can Federer be? The 17-time major winner has been showcasing aggressive, net-loving tennis this fortnight. Djokovic, however, can counter that with incredible defense and an ability to flip the switch from defensive positions into immediate ascendancy. Djokovic is in a different league right now and there is no reason to think that will change at what is arguably his favorite tournament.
Prediction – Djokovic in four sets