The most awaited match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is all set to take place on Thursday with both the players will clash in a must-win round-robin match for a place in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals 2019.
World No.2 Djokovic enters the match as a clear favorite with a superior head-to-head record against Roger Federer at 26-22. This will be there sixth meeting at the year-end tournament with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 3-2 in their previous five meetings.
However, the last time when the two faced each other in the ATP Finals in 2015, the 20-time Grand Slam champion triumphed in straight sets in the round-robin. This was also Federer’s last victory against the Serb as Novak Djokovic thoroughly dominated their rivalry in the past four years.
However, in their previous meeting at the Wimbledon Championships 2019 finals, the Swiss maestro with all guns blazing came dangerously close to winning the title after earning two championship points at 40-15 on his serve in the final set but the Serb kept his head to complete an incredible comeback and win his 16th Grand Slam title.
Roger Federer will hence give his all to try and avenge his gut-wrenching Wimbledon defeat against the Serb. A high voltage thrilling three-setter match can be expected when the two goliaths of the sport take the court on Thursday night for a place in the last four of the year-end event.
It will be difficult for the 38-year-old to get past the in-form Novak Djokovic and break his defense. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion cannot be cut out of a tennis match and has the capability to pull off a major turnaround against Djokovic.
The fast surface at the O2 Arena will certainly help Federer as the fast courts are suitable for his game. The serve and volley will be a key for Federer to beat Novak Djokovic as it will give less chance for the Serb to break his serve and will put more pressure on him.
Novak Djokovic is one of the best returners of the game and can pass the ball frequently. However, the fast court can trouble Novak’s defense as in his match against Dominic Thiem. Roger Federer would have to attack continuously and keep the Serb under pressure by coming into the net. The World No.3 should also aim to attack Djokovic’s second serve and keep his serve under the gun.
While Novak Djokovic is eyeing a record-equalling sixth title at the Nitto ATP Finals 2019 in London to match Roger Federer’s record and is also looking to clinch the year-end No.1.
On the other hand, Roger Federer is eyeing to clinch the year-end title for a record seventh time in his career – the most by any other player. He will also aim to keep his record of reaching the last four of the ATP Finals as the Swiss star has not qualified for the semifinals only once in his 16 appearances in 2008.