Tip Novak Djokovic - Roger Federer
This is a match that is worthy of any final in any tournament played around the world. However, this clash will decide who goes into the ATP World Tour semi-finals and who will be on their way home. It's even more important for Novak Djokovic as defeat against his great rival will also end his hopes of ending 2019 as the world's number one male tennis player. Djokovic recently lost that postiion to Rafael Nadal and has to win this tournament to have any chance of reclaiming it. He's so far played two matches in this round-robin group and has won one and lost one. He beat Matteo Berrettini for the loss of just three games but lost in three sets to Dominic Thiem who has won both of his matches.
Roger Federer made a losing start in this tournament when he was also beaten by Dominic Thiem. He lost that match in straight sets with both finishing 7-5 to the Austrian. He did get a win against Matteo Berrettini winning the first set on a tie-break and then the second 6-3. Federer isn't playing in the Davis Cup Finals next week, so a loss here will end his 2019 season. Federer's most recent meeting with Djokovic was when losing to him in the 2019 Wimbledon final. He has lost 26 out of 48 matches against Djokovic with six of the last seven ending in defeat to him. His last win against Djokovic was on this very court when beating him in straight sets in this tournament, four years ago. Djokovic can be backed to win this match against Federer and clinch his semi-final spot.
Key points Novak Djokovic - Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic has won 26 of his 48 previous matches against Roger Federer.
Roger Federer hasn't beaten his opponent since 2015.
Six of the last seven matches played between these two players have been won by Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer hasn't looked in the greatest of form this week.
Conclusion Novak Djokovic - Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic could see his dream of ending the year as world number one disappear in this match. He has to win the tournament to stand any chance and after his loss to the in-form Dominic Thiem, has to beat Roger Federer. His opponent is also in the last-chance saloon and has to win against Djokovic to reach the last four. He hasn't looked in the greatest of form this week and has no wins against his opponent since 2015. Go for Djokovic to win this match.
Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Prediction published on November 14, 2019