A match between Novak and Federer has not always been heavily contested but also one that is full of tense emotions. On most, if not all occasions, the Serbian has been on the receiving end. Since the Swiss enjoys a large following in terms of fans, Djokovic continues to put up with mockery, jeers, and ill-fated cheers from a significant section of these fans.
Djokovic vs Federer
Fortunately for Novak, he always keeps his calm, does not complain, and focuses on the game. This mindset occasionally pays off when these two great tennis players play against each other. A reliable illustration is when the two met in the 2019 Wimbledon final. It became one of the toughest matches involving Federer and Djokovic. The excitement and tension around the stadium were both high. As usual, the Swiss had the fans securely behind him. But the Serbian, stubborn as always, managed to beat Federer in the Wimbledon final, which lasted for almost 5 hours.
The treatment Djokovic received caught the attention of his father, Srdjan, who came out strongly to defend him. “Can you imagine them whistling after the first missed service to the winner of the past Wimbledon. But they do not count on the stubbornness, and Novak is naturally stubborn, and he was getting additional strength from their bad relations towards him. He did not deserve that; he was amazing towards opponents, hosts, guests, and organizers,” Djokovic’s father said.
Djokovic’s father defends his son again
The same uncalled-for treatment from fans that occurred in Wimbledon followed Djokovic in the ATP Finals in London. The Serbian was again playing against the world No.3 with a spot in the semifinals at stake. This time around, he didn’t survive both the ridicule from fans and Federer, determined to avenge for his loss in the Wimbledon final. The 38-year old won 6-4,6-3.
After the loss, the world No.2 kept his cool and refused to lay any blame on the fans. “So, it was a full stadium, which was nice to see. It was electric. You know, it was a good atmosphere,” said the Serbian.
Pundit Annabel Croft took a dig at the fans who kept cheering every time Djokovic made a mistake. He said, “he was playing some beautiful tennis, and it was just met by polite applause. Some of his double faults were being clapped and cheered.”
His father came to his defense after the heartbreaking treatment and elimination at the O2 Arena. While in an interview at Happy Tv, a Serbian TV network, he said, “you can’t imagine how difficult (it was for) Novak in such situations, but he always had a brave heart and a cold head…How was he, only he knows.”
Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.2, the Serbian played his last match on the 14th of November when he had to surrender to Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 in the R in London.
This year the Serbian has a 54-11 win-loss record. The Serbian has won 5 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Madrid, in Wimbledon, in Tokyo and in Paris. The Serbian was the finalist in Rome.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Roger played his last match on the 16th of November when he surrendered to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London.
This year Federer has a 51-10 win-loss record. Federer has won 4 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami, in Halle and in Basel. Roger was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played each other 50 times. The head to head is 27-23 for Djokovic.
The last time that they squared off, Roger Federer won 6-4 6-3 in the R in London on the 14th November 2019.
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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
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