Roger Federer is “very excited” to face Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in London next week, and admitted that he’s hoping for a slight advantage in an indoor arena.
Roger Federer is looking forward to taking on Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals this month.
The Swiss star is hoping for an edge in the indoor competition at the O2, but admits that Djokovic is still a threat.
Federer kicks off his tournament with a clash against Dominic Thiem at 8pm on Sunday, whereas Djokovic faces Matteo Berrettini at 2pm.
The world number three was drawn in the same group as Djokovic, meaning the duo will definitely face each other before the semi-finals.
When asked if he thinks playing indoors will help to give him an edge against Novak Djokovic, Federer said: “I hope so. I don’t know.
“He’s been playing indoors okay, too. So it’s not like his record is nonexistent or is like so much worse than mine.
“I don’t even know if it’s worse than mine or mine is better.
“But honestly I’m very excited to play against Novak again here. I’m happy to be in his group.”
Federer goes into the tournament refreshed, after deciding against competing at the Paris Masters.
He most recently won his 10th title in Basel in October, whereas his rival Djokovic is in equally fine form.
The Serbian arrives at the O2 having won a fifth Paris Masters, and will be looking to seal his sixth ATP Finals title.
The last time Federer faced Djokovic was in the Wimbledon final, which Djokovic won in a dramatic tiebreaker.
Meanwhile, former British No 1 Greg Rusedski thinks a Federer vs Djokovic final would be a “fitting” way to end the tennis season.
He told Express Sport: “I think Djokovic is going to be in the finals and it could possibly be Federer as well.
“Roger has a good shot because he won in Basel, took a week off, he’s fresh and the courts usually suit him.
“If they win their opening matches on Sunday then I think those would be the two guys that could possibly make the finals. It would be a fitting final.”
I’m very excited to play against Novak again here