Australian Open 2020: 5 Federer-Djokovic classics forward of 50th encounter

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for a 50th time in what’s a storied rivalry that has repeatedly produced traditional matches.

Djokovic leads their head-to-head 26-23, and it stands at 10-6 when the all-time greats have met at majors. Additionally it is Three-1 for Djokovic on the Australian Open.

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Djokovic, whose 16 main titles are 4 shy of Federer’s 20, will head into Thursday’s semifinal in Melbourne (Three:30 a.m. ET) as the favourite.

Forward of their assembly, Omnisport appears at 5 of the classics they’ve delivered:

2010 U.S. Open semifinal: Djokovic [3] def. Federer [2] 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

Flushing Meadows was Federer’s playground for 5 straight years till 2009, when he was shocked by Juan Martin del Potro within the remaining. So far, he had dominated Djokovic, too. However the Serbian managed to avoid wasting two match factors to win an exhilarating, four-hour five-setter that might — even with Federer solely 29 years of age — convey options the Swiss maestro was on the decline.

2011 French Open semifinal: Federer [3] def. Djokovic [2] 7-6(5), 6-Three, Three-6, 7-6(5).

By the point they met at Roland Garros the next yr, Djokovic was a heavy favourite after extremely profitable his first 41 matches of 2011, together with a second main title on the Australian Open. Federer ended that run, wagging his finger after his gorgeous four-set victory. The yr would nonetheless belong to Djokovic, and never earlier than extra drama towards Federer.

2011 U.S. Open semifinal: Djokovic [1] def. Federer [3] 6-7(7), Four-6, 6-Three, 6-2, 7-5.

Having recovered from two units right down to pressure a decider, Djokovic reeled off the ultimate 4 video games and saved two match factors to shock Federer, and the best way he saved the primary lives lengthy within the reminiscence. Djokovic crushed a forehand cross-court return winner that John McEnroe would describe as “one of many all-time nice pictures,” one which even Federer struggled to just accept. Djokovic would go on to win his third main of 2011.

2014 Wimbledon remaining: Djokovic [1] def. Federer [4] 6-7(7), 6-Four, 7-6(Four), 5-7, 6-Four.

Djokovic. Federer. All England Membership. Wimbledon remaining. They’re phrases sports activities followers dream of. Federer was in his first main decider since 2012, whereas Djokovic had misplaced his earlier three grand slam finals – one to Andy Murray and two to Rafael Nadal. Federer produced the comeback this time, coming from 5-2 down and saving a match level within the fourth to pressure a decider. However simply as Federer regarded the extra possible winner, Djokovic stepped as much as win a seventh main crown. The pair mixed for 143 winners and simply 56 unforced errors in a match Djokovic labelled the “highest quality grand slam remaining” he had performed in.

2019 Wimbledon remaining: Djokovic [1] def. Federer [2] 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(Four), Four-6 13-12(Three).

Quick ahead 5 years they usually met once more, they usually delivered as soon as extra on the most important stage. Federer was left to rue missed probabilities after a battle lasting 4 hours, 57 minutes — the longest singles remaining in Wimbledon historical past. Djokovic saved two match factors at Eight-7 within the fifth set earlier than a match tie-break adopted, the primary in singles within the event’s historical past. Djokovic would go on to win a 16th grand slam title, transferring slightly nearer to Federer’s males’s document whole.

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