[WATCH-ONLINE] Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic 2018 Live Stream
NAME: Djokovic N. – Federer R.
DATE: August 19, 2018
VENUE: CENTER COURT, Cincinnati , USA
Is it only a coincidence that Federer returned to Grand Slam glory on the similar time that Djokovic started to battle? From 2014 to 2016, Djokovic was 4-Zero towards Federer on the majors, however they haven’t met for the reason that 2016 Australian Open. Since then, with Djokovic largely out of the image, Federer has gained three Slams and returned to No. 1.
Now these two all-time greats will lastly face off once more. Djokovic leads their face to face 23-22, and he has gained six of their final eight conferences. However the one place the place Djokovic hasn’t conquered Federer is in Cincinnati. They’ve performed three finals on the comparatively fast courts on the Western & Southern Open, and Federer has gained all of them in straight units. In two of these matches, Federer broke out of the gates and gained the primary set simply, earlier than holding on in a good second set. Might we see one thing related this 12 months?
Because the halfway level of his quarterfinal towards Stan Wawrinka, Federer has the participant who’s in higher type. He fought tooth and nail to come again from a set down in that match, and fought exhausting once more to edge David Goffin in a first-set tiebreaker within the semis. Federer performed these matches aggressively, if barely erratically, and was in a position to impose his appreciable will in the long run. A seven-time Cincy champ who loves the velocity of the courts there, Federer has been refuse-to-lose mode, and that’s not a great signal for any potential opponent.
In fact, Goffin and Wawrinka aren’t Djokovic. Many instances previously we’ve seen Federer play freely and simply within the late rounds of a event, solely to fail to summon the identical confidence towards Djokovic within the remaining—the Serb makes the Swiss work as exhausting as anybody ever has. The reverse is true as properly; many instances we’ve seen Djokovic battle to fend off an opponent, the way in which he did on Saturday towards Marin Cilic, solely to boost his degree as soon as he faces Federer. However realizing their historical past on this courtroom, and seeing the sting that Federer has dropped at his final two matches, I’ll take him this time.