After Rafael Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem in a captivating battle at Australian Open 2020, the other two liege lords, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be putting up their 50th showdown on Thursday evening on Rod Laver Arena. The excitement amongst the ‘Fedfans’ is certainly not as much as it was during their previous two meetings in London (ATP World Tour Finals and Wimbledon).
Australian Open 2020 Semifinals – Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic
The Swiss legend narrowly scarped two five-set matches against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren. After coming back from the brink of defeat on Tuesday, Federer mentioned his pain in his ‘groin’. Now after the cancelation of his practice session on Wednesday, it’s confirmed that Federer is dealing with fitness issues.
The defending champion took on the big-serving ATP man Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals. Raonic’s service was not broken throughout the Australian Open 2020. Despite that, Djokovic faced 16 opportunities to break his serve and got hold of it twice.
In the head to head meetings, Djokovic has won 26 matches out of their 49 matches. They have four times on the Aussie Open courts and Federer won just once in 2007. Their recent meeting in Melbourne was in the 2016 year and Novak won that semifinal match in four sets.
Federer did steamroll over Djokovic on London’s hardcourt and fall short by a point at Wimbledon. However, in Melbourne (which is Novak’s favorite surface), the Serb will be acing against the six-time Aussie Open champion Federer and will attain a straight-sets victory.
Australian Open 2020 Semifinals – Ashleigh Barty vs Sofia Kenin
The maiden Grand Slam semifinalist Sofia Kenin will take on the home favorite and World Number one Ashleigh Barty. The top-seed Barty is presently on a nine-match winning streak this Australian summer. And even before the tournament was started, she was the clear favorite for the Melbourne major.
They have previously played each other five times in their careers. Barty holds an upper-hand in their head to head meetings as she has won four matches against Kenin. Their recent Slam meeting was at Roland Garros 2019 and Barty defeated the American in straight sets.
However, the Australian ace achieved her first top-ten win against Petra Kvitova on Tuesday. And the 14th seed American Sofia Kenin will not surrender swiftly. Kenin will be a tough test for Barty. The two women are expected to display some long rallies. Ash Barty has the bright chance to seal her victory in three sets.
Australian Open 2020 Semifinals – Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza
The battle of the two-time Slam champions is one of the interesting match-ups in Melbourne on Thursday. Simona Halep hasn’t dropped a set at the Australian Open 2020. The former finalist in Melbourne seems all set for her third Slam.
The Spaniard Garbine Muguruza has revived her tennis career in Melbourne. After she survived a scare in the opening round, the unseeded player Muguruza took out the top-ten seeds Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens.
The pair have played each other five times and Muguruza has won three of their battles. Their recent meeting was at Roland Garros 2018 and Halep outplayed Muguruza in two sets.
The two women might wrestle for more than two hours in their three-set play and Halep is expected to reserve the spot in the finals of Australian Open 2020.