For an incredible 50th time Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will go head to head.
A place in the final of the Australian Open is at stake.
It is their fifth meeting down at Melbourne Park. Djokovic has won three of their four meetings on Rod Laver Arena.
Overall Djokovic leads the head to head at 26-23 with Federer but lost their last meeting in London 4-6 3-6. Before that meeting Djokovic had won 9 of their previous 12.
The most famous one of recent years has to be that 13-12 at Wimbledon last year where Federer had match points in the final…
On the biggest stage it has gone the way of Djokovic who has only lost to Federer three times since the beginning of 2015 and two of them were in the round robin in London. Djokovic on the other hand has won an impressive 9 of their last 11 matches at a Grand Slam.
The big question coming into this is, how much does Roger have left in the tank?
It is a surprise to see Roger in the semi-finals, I still don’t think no warm-up has helped him as he has struggled quite a bit and the wins in particular against Millman and Sandgren said more about their opponents in the key moment at the end of the match failing to serve it out.
Roger did have a slight worry during the match as he headed off court for a medical time out and seemed to be having issues with his movement and had a bit of a groin problem.
Novak Djokovic has looked very good on his way to another semi-final but likewise had a bit of a moment of worry during his win against Milos Raonic.
During the third set the Serb headed off court for a medical time out due to his eyes. He seemed to have an issue with a light and was struggling with his vision to change his lenses by the sound of it.
Djokovic after his match apologised to Milos and the crowd for having to go off court to change his contact lens at a time where it wasn’t a changeover.
To the tennis though, I struggle to see where Roger can afford a dip and hope to comeback to beat Djokovic in this one.
I expect it be competitive for the opening set but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Novak turn up the gear and just win in straight sets.
This is of course the 50th meeting but the number 7 seems to be knocking around quite a bit.
~ Novak Djokovic has 7 Australian Open titles
~ Roger Federer has lost 7 Australian Open semi-finals
~ Roger Federer is searching for a 7th Australian Open title
~ Roger Federer saved 7 match points to make the semi-finals
~ Novak Djokovic has never lost an Australian Open semi-final (7/7)
~ Novak Djokovic has never lost an Australian Open final (7/7)
Who will win meeting No.50 ?