Roger Federer believes he is the man to end Novak Djokovic’s impressive recent run of form when the two players go head-to-head at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday.
Both men began their campaigns with routine victories in the Stan Smith group as Swiss ace Federer comfortably defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2, whilst world number one Djokovic disposed of Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1.
The two players are now in prime position to qualify for the semi-finals, with the victor in Tuesday’s clash likely to progress as the winner of the group.
Djokovic is the favourite to achieve victory as he is currently on a 23-match winning streak, although his last defeat did come against Federer in the final of the Cincinnati Masters in August and the 17-time major winner is hopeful he can repeat that success in London.
He said: “I don’t think I’m that far off. It’s an important match, very important. But it’s not the match. It’s going to be interesting to see how I play that one. I’m curious to find out myself.”
The 34-year-old believes the pace of the hard court at The O2 Arena means whoever takes control of the baseline during the match is likely to emerge victorious.
He added: “Seems like whoever takes charge of the baseline, and if you cannot serve your way out of trouble often enough, which is hard to do here because of the pace of the court, the guy from the baseline wins, the better one. That’s why we see some crushing scores.”
The head-to-head record between the star duo is split down the middle with 21 wins apiece