The last time these two played each other was in London down at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic won 9-7 in the fifth saving two match points in one of the most epic Wimbledon finals to date.
Now, back in London a place in the semi-finals is at stake as both Djokovic and Federer crumbled under the brilliance of Dominic Thiem this week however it’s been while since either left London in the round robin.
You have to go back to 2011 to when Novak Djokovic left the competition this early. Defeats to David Ferrer and fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic who replaced the injured Andy Murray put the top seed in 2011 out.
For Roger Federer you have to go further back. Just once in sixteen appearances has he gone out in the round robin and that was in 2008 before the tour finals came to London.
Roger lost twice from a set up against Andy Murray and Gilles Simon, he did get a win on the board against Radek Stepanek who was an alternate for the injured Andy Roddick.
The 49th meeting is set to be a cracker!
Six times previous they have met in London with Novak leading the head to head at 4-2.
Novak Djokovic does lead the head to head at 26-22 against Federer but it’s not always been like that.
At the end of 2012 it was Federer who led the head to head at 16-13. Since then Djokovic has won 13 of their last 19 minutes including 9 of their last 11 and the last four.
The last time Federer defeated Djokovic was in 2015 at the ATP Finals in the round robin.
I only see one winner here, not looking at the head to head but tennis wise I don’t think we have seen Roger’s best since Wimbledon and a title in Basel is not the level he needs to be at to win here.
Even in London this week I haven’t been convinced he hasn’t looked as sharp. Novak in his defeat to Thiem didn’t play badly, Thiem just played better but I do fancy Novak in straight sets. I think it could be one-sided.
I’m interested to see how the level of Federer is against Novak.