Australian Open Preview: Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer

January 28, 2016 7:30 PM Eastern Time
Venue: Rodlaver Arena


Meeting for the 45th time, the semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer is a certified classic that shouldn’t be missed. The rivalry between the two stands eternal and perhaps, one of the best matchups ever seen in tennis history.


Currently, these gentlemen are leveled with 22 wins out of their 44 meetings.


Novak Djokovic

Djokovic came off with an astounding victory over Kei Nishikori. Unwilling to drop points, Djokovic dominated the three sets with 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4 respectively.


Clearly, the world’s top seed’s relentless display can be considered as some sort of a redemption from his lackluster performance against Giles Simon during the fourth round. The battle lasted for five grueling sets and almost pushed Djokovic away from the limelight if not for his fantastic comeback.


Roger Federer

At 34, the Swiss Maestro proved that age is nothing but numbers. Pitted against Tomas Berdych, he also won the three sets with  7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4. Indeed, it was a tight match. Yet, the ever competitive Fed emerged victorious.


What to expect

Expect a more aggressive Federer in this match. In a recently concluded press conference, he shared, “I feel like I’m competitive at the top. I can beat all the guys on Tour.” And certainly, such statement is not just an expression of one’s feelings, but more of a subtle warning. He will most likely to take control and momentum to keep the pressure against Djokovic.


Speaking of Djokovic, he will most likely to capitalize on the strength provided by his youth. He will use it to move more quickly around the court. However, he will be wary of his unforced errors since these unnecessary blunders almost cause him to bow down to Simon.


Considering these aspects at hand, one can only look forward to a down the wire match with Djokovic winning in four sets.

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