The number two seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia will take on Roger Federer of Switzerland, seeded three, in the Bjorn Borg group of the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Thursday, November 14. The match is scheduled for 8 pm BST and you can find the Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer Head to Head
The pair have played each other no less than 48 times before, with their current head-to-head record standing at 26 wins to Djokovic and 22 to Federer. Only one of those matches has been this year, the Wimbledon Final, which the Serb won in an epic five set battle.
It has been four years since Federer last beat his great rival, in the round robin stage of this event in 2015.
Djokovic Stunned by Loss to Thiem
Having convincingly beaten Matteo Berrettini in his opening match on Monday, Djokovic was hoping for another straightforward win over Dominic Thiem on Tuesday evening, a man he had never previously lost to on a hard court.
Unfortunately, the Austrian had not read the script, and what was meant to be another routine win for Djokovic, as he continued his progress to the final and the chance to regain the world number one spot, turned into an epic battle which he ultimately lost.
It started well enough, the Serb taking the first set on a tie-break after a closely fought series of points. He though lost his service to the Austrian early in the second, and could never recover the break, allowing the number five seed to level the match.
And when he lost his service again early in the third, the writing appeared on the wall for the five-time champion. He fought back though, and was denied a match point when Thiem successfully challenged a line call in the 10th game.
Still, leading 4-1 in the deciding tie-break, the finishing line appeared to be in sight, but Thiem fought back, earned match points of his own, and then converted the second when Djokovic’s forehand struck the net.
Looking back on where it went wrong for him, Djokovic can reflect on the fact that he made 28 winners as opposed to Thiem’s 51, and, in the end, was simply out-hit by the Austrian.
Federer Needs to Upset Win to Progress
It has been four years since Federer has beaten Djokovic, but, if he wants to make the semi-final, he has got to beat him, and do so in convincing fashion.
That is because he lost his first match in the Group to Dominic Thiem on Sunday, meaning that he had to beat the Italian Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday to effectively stay in the event.
The first set was tight, with short rallies and no man able to establish a clear advantage. However, in the tie-break, Federer stepped up his tempo and forced a mini-break, eventually taking the set by seven points to two.
The Swiss then established an early lead in the second set, breaking the Italian’s opening service game. At 4 – 3 he had to save three break points, but held on to his serve, and then broke the Berrettini serve again to wrap up the match in an hour and 18 minutes.
Djokovic v Federer, Predictions & Tips
Djokovic is the clear favourite to win this match at 3/7, whilst Federer is priced at 2/1. This match has now become a must-win match for either man – a win guarantees them a place in the semi-final, whilst the loser goes home.
Unfortunately for the legions of fans of the Swiss player, he needs to do something he has not managed since 2015 which is to beat Djokovic, and the odds are stacked against him. Djokovic can still realise his ambitions this week, but, after the loss to Thiem, there is no margin of error left for him.
Tip: Djokovic to win in straight sets: 1/1 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)