World number one Novak Djokovic believes he must roll up his sleeves heading into an epic clash with Roger Federer at ATP World Tour Finals.
The Serb said Federer’s resilience always brings out the best in him and doesn’t expect this clash to be any different as a storied rivalry welcomes new chapter at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Speaking with the tournament’s official website Djokovic said: “We always make each other play our best tennis. We require from each other the maximum focus and commitment, and that’s what raises the quality of the match. That’s why he’s who he is.” ATP Finals: Federer Brings Out The Best In Me-Djokovic
He added: “He’s just not going away. He’s not dropping his level too much. He’s always going to be out there making you play your best if you want to win. So that’s who Roger is. That’s why he has won so many Grand Slam titles.”
And nearly a decade into this one-of-a-kind rivalry, amazingly, their FedEx ATP Head2Head stands deadlocked at an even 21-21.
Federer said: “I think it’s really become a very nice rivalry. It seems people like the way we play against each other. I don’t think we have to adjust our games very much against each other. We can just play our game, and then the better man wins. It’s been nice seeing Novak’s improvements over all these years. He’s become such an unbelievable player, especially the last five, six years, and he’s cleaned up his game so nicely and became the best mover in the game. It’s really a pleasure playing against him every single time.”
Federer once dominated the rivalry. In fact, he won seven of their first 10 meetings. But Djokovic’s monster years of 2011 and 2015 helped him make up some ground. After claiming four of six finals against Federer this year, including Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Rome, they are now on even ground.
– Chimaobi Uchendu