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The top two seeds, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, will compete in the Australian Open semi-finals on January 30, 2020.
It will be the 50th encounter between two contemporary legends of men’s tennis with a 26-23 confrontation advantage belonging to Djokovic. In the Australian Open alone, “Nole” won three and only lost once to Federer. Those three Djokovic victories all took place in the semi-finals, in 2008, 2011 and 2016. Serbian tennis players have never lost in the semi-finals and finals in Melbourne Park.
However, the second seed also proved particularly wary of veteran opponents. He said: “Roger is still Roger. Everyone knows that he always plays at a high level on any pitch. Roger is excited in such great competitions, before the big competitors in the semi-finals or in general. Grand Slam “.
Today, when stepping into the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic understands that he will have to push himself to the highest realm in order to fight his rival Federer.
No one knows how to beat the “Express Train” on the Melbourne Park stage better than Djokovic, but the player who holds the record for most league titles with seven titles also knows the threat from the other side of the net well. Federer was the one who extinguished Djokovic’s hope of ending the 2019 season with the world’s number one, beating Nole in the ATP Finals last year.
Before reuniting with Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals this year, the 38-year-old had a spectacular escape in the quarterfinals. Federer then saved seven match-points in the victory over Tennys Sandgren.
At the first Grand Slam of the year, the 32-year-old continued to prove his class by winning 13 consecutive sets since the third set in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff.
Watching the 20 Grand Slam champion take nine minutes to get medical attention in the three-and-a-half-hour marathon before Sandgren, fans could not help but worry about the risk of a groin injury to Federer.