The rivalry between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is the greatest in the history of Grand Slam tournaments, with 17 matches played and is considered to be one of the most important tennis rivalries of all time. Their matches have showcased an unpredictable display of shot-making.
In most other rivalries the type of playing surface has had a profound effect on the outcome of matches, but in this rivalry, the type of surface in most cases has not given any considerable advantage to one player over the other.
In theory, Federer would gain a marginally small advantage on faster surfaces, as Djokovic’s retrieval ability is diminished somewhat, but so far their match results have been relatively even across hard (including indoors), clay, and grass courts respectively.
As such, they have contested many acclaimed matches over the years, the most prominent being the 2019 Wimbledon final, the longest final in Wimbledon’s history. The 2010 US Open, 2011 US Open, 2011 French Open, and 2018 Rolex Paris Masters semifinals along with the 2014 Wimbledon and 2015 Wimbledon finals are other notable matches they have contested.
The World number 1 celebrated his 33rd birthday a few days ago. In the video by the ATP, Roger Federer complimented Novak Djokovic for managing to reach the top of tennis and actually staying at the top of tennis. He said, “Once at the top, it’s never easy to find a way to stay there.
You have to keep on winning and that is what he has been doing. And not just once in a while, he has been doing it over and over”.