Roger Federer explains why Novak Djokovic ATP clash won’t be as good as Wimbledon final


Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both in the same group at the ATP Finals in London.

Roger Federer is not expecting his match with Novak Djokovic this week to be as exciting as their Wimbledon final.

Djokovic and Federer played out a five-set thriller at SW19 in the summer with the Serb getting his hands on the trophy.

The two will meet again this week at the ATP Finals having both been drawn in the same group.

But with matches being best of three at the O2, Federer is not expecting a thriller against Djokovic.

“I’m very excited about playing against Novak again here,” Federer said. “I’m happy to be in his group. Wimbledon was epic.

“It’s not going to be that epic here because it’s best-of-three and all that stuff.

“That was a special match for both of us – maybe a bit more for him than for me, but that’s ok. I moved on a long time ago.

“When we match up I think our games match up really nicely. It’s great for the crowds, super-athletic, we have different playing styles.

“I think the court here is pretty quick so it will be interesting. I think indoors is maybe focused more on your serve and all that stuff rather than on what your opponent does. It should be exciting.”

Federer and Djokovic will be joined in Group Bjorn Borg by Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini.

Federer has won the ATP Finals six times though did not win a Grand Slam this year.

But the Swiss star is excited to be back in London, where he always feels the love from the fans.

“I appreciate support wherever I go. I don’t ask for their support,” Federer added.

“If it happens, great, and if it doesn’t I understand. What I like about tennis fans for the most part is that they’re very polite, very supportive.

“I guess they feel they’re also lucky to be at the stadium, that they do get a chance to see professional tennis. At the O2 here we can’t complain. They’ve been wonderful.”


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