Two of the biggest names in tennis will meet up in the 2020 Australian Open men’s semifinals when No. 3 Roger Federer takes on No. 2 Novak Djokovic. After a tougher-than-expected opener against Jan-Lennard Struff, Djokovic has strolled through the 2020 Australian Open men’s bracket, winning every other match in straight sets. The 38-year-old Federer, meanwhile, has battled a groin injury and won a marathon quarterfinal against Tennys Sandgren in five sets.
If Federer has somehow crawled his way into the semis at the Australian Open, the defending champion Novak Djokovic, like a lion, has roared his way into the last four at Melbourne. In his quarter-final clash, the Serb comprehensively ousted his challenger, Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7-1), the man who appeared to be on a mission himself, heading into the last eight having not dropped even a single set before he met Djokovic.
The Serb has cruised through to this stage of the tournament in some style, dropping only one set all event so far, and that was in round one. He has been working on his serve with former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic and it’s been paying off handsomely, with 93.2% holds of serve so far this tournament and 84.1% of first-serve points won.
Federer, a six-time Australian Open champion, has already played two five-set matches and one four-set match. He has clearly hobbled in this tournament, but the extra time off between the quarters and semifinals could quickly change his outlook. Federer has shown incredible resilience as well, fighting off a whopping seven match points against Sandgren.
In their head-to-head rivalry, Djokovic leads Federer 26-23. However, in their last meeting, at the Nitto ATP Finals last year, it was the Swiss maestro who came on top in straight sets against the Serb. Interestingly, Djokovic and Federer have faced each other on four occasions so far at Melbourne, thrice in the semi-finals and the Serb has managed to win in each of their semi-final meetings and the only time he lost to the Swiss maestro was back in 2007, in their 4th round encounter.
While it is true that Roger Federer is himself a 6-time champion at Melbourne, Djokovic is simply a wizard at the Australian Open and has never lost in a semi-final or in a final – that is what makes the 16-time Grand Slam champion invincible at Melbourne.
After standing at the brink of elimination twice so far in this tournament and having won contests from the jaws of defeat, Federer will have nothing to lose as he takes on Djokovic. It is unusual to say that the Swiss maestro has nothing to lose, but his opponent, Djokovic appears to be too strong at this moment and Federer’s game evidently appears to be circumspect and in disarray.
The match will take place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne from 2:00 PM IST. It will be broadcasted live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and it’s OTT platform Sony LIV.