ATP Finals 2019 – Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer taking place? The O2 Arena, London

When is Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Thursday 14th November, 2019 – 20:00 (UK)

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer? Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic was stunned by Dominic Thiem on Tuesday night in a three-set defeat and could often be seen congratulating his opponent for some astounding shots, though both players put in magical performances on the night.
  • The Serb has lost a round-robin match and gone on to win the ATP Finals twice before: to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008, when the tournament was in China, and his next opponent here Roger Federer in 2015, whom he later beat in the final.
  • This will be another special match in the long history between two of the best players ever to grace the game, with that Wimbledon final still fresh in the minds of many as one of the greatest ever, where Novak Djokovic eventually beat Roger Federer 13-12 in the final set after five hours of play.

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer struggled to break Matteo Berrettini’s serve in the first set of their Tuesday afternoon round-robin match but went on to win the resulting tiebreak and then comfortably take the second to secure his first win.
  • The world number three can take some comfort in Dominic Thiem’s defeat of his next opponent Novak Djokovic as it shows his own defeat in the previous game was less of an anomaly, with the Austrian probably playing his best tennis here.
  • 38-year-old Federer has not beaten Novak Djokovic for four years now, with five losses to the Serb since then, though his last victory came at this very tournament in the group stages and he can level a current 2-3 head-to-head record at the ATP Finals with a win here.

THE PREDICTION

It is almost impossible to separate Roger Federer from Novak Djokovic in terms of success or legend, and the 26-22 lead that Djokovic holds over the Swiss in their head-to-head is negligible in terms of percentage as their age gap sees Federer dominate the early years and Djokovic the late. That being said, on this match alone, both players have lost to an outstanding Dominic Thiem so far at this tournament and both have beaten a shell-shocked Matteo Berrettini, but matches between the top three are almost always riding on much more than the title of the tournament being played. For Federer, this is a real chance to avenge a heart-breaking Wimbledon loss, four months on from that classic encounter. He will also be desperate to put in a display becoming of him, after two lacklustre matches at the O2. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is aiming to equal the Swiss’ six ATP titles and has the added incentive of trying to reclaim the world number one spot before the end of the year. That extra goal might be all it comes down to here, and Federer would have to produce something special to beat Djokovic for the first time since this stage in 2015. Djokovic for the win.

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