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Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer - Five of their best Grand Slam matches [VIDEO]

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 14 Jul 2019
  • Djokovic and Federer have met in some memorable major matches over the years
  • We've selected five of the best before their clash in the 2019 Wimbledon final
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after their 2010 U.S. Open semi-final (PA Images)

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have squared off in some breathtaking Grand Slam matches during their legendary rivalry over the years - and ahead of their blockbuster Wimbledon final showdown on Sunday, we’ve picked out five of the very best.

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1. U.S. Open 2010 semi-finals - Djokovic def. Federer 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5


One of the most thrilling matches of the decade. Djokovic had lost to Federer in the last three years at Flushing Meadows and it was looking like four when the Swiss had two match points on Djokovic’s serve in the fifth set. However, the Serbian overcame the challenge, saving both with some incredible shots, including a swinging forehand volley and a winner down the line, again off his forehand side.

Djokovic went on to break Federer the next game and fought off a break point as he was serving out the match to complete a famous victory, taking the match after a 22-shot rally.

"I had to take the chances when I was down match points," said Djokovic. "That’s why [Federer] is the best player that ever played this game, because he always plays his best tennis in the most important moments. It was almost the case again today."

2. U.S. Open 2011 semi-finals - Djokovic def. Federer 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5


Incredibly, 12 months later, it happened again. Djokovic somehow produced a houdini act for a second year running in New York as he saved two match points in the fifth set, emulating his effort from the previous year, to defeat Federer in five sets in the semi-finals. This time, Federer struggled to accept defeat after Djokovic pulled off a miraculous forehand return winner on match point, something the Swiss attributed more to an act of desperation than a conscious effort to stay in the contest.



"It's awkward having to explain this loss because I feel like I should be doing the other press conference,” Federer said.
“To lose against someone like that, it's very disappointing, because you feel like he was mentally out of it already. Just gets the lucky shot at the end, and off you go."

3. French Open 2011 semi-final - Federer def. Djokovic 7-6 6-3 3-6 7-6


Djokovic was in the form of his life coming into the 2011 French Open as he came into the tournament on a 43-match winning streak. He would go on to win the three other majors that year, but Federer had his number at Roland Garros, snapping his run with a superb four-set victory that ended with his now-iconic finger wag celebration.



Djokovic served for the fourth set at 5-4 and appeared set to force a decider, but Federer broke back and won the ensuing tiebreak to advance into the final.

"I would think it is the best match I played this year," Federer said. "I did really well, a top start when I was able to break. But I know he has always got something in his racket to break me as well. There was a lot of pressure on Novak but he handled it great. It was a pleasure playing against him. He can still achieve so much more this year."

4. Wimbledon 2014 final - Djokovic def. Federer 6-7 6-4 7-6 5-7 6-4


Another pulsating Grand Slam clash between the two juggernauts, this time in a final on the grandest stage of them all. Federer was of course the King of Wimbledon, and it looked as if the Swiss was about to pull off a miraculous victory as he recovered from 2-5 down in the fourth set, saving a championship point in the process, to win five straight games and force a fifth set.



However, Djokovic was not to be denied, swinging the momentum back in his favour and turning the tide in his recent Grand Slam finals, which had seen him lose five of his last six.

"After losing the fourth set it wasn't easy to go on and win the fifth set, I don't know how I did it," Djokovic said.
"This is the best tournament in the world and the one I always wanted to win so to be able to compete at such a high level I am so grateful."

5. Wimbledon 2015 final - Djokovic def. Federer 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-3


After experiencing back-to-back defeats to Djokovic at the U.S. Open in 2010 and 2011, the same thing happened for Federer at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015. The Serbian produced another masterclass to thwart Federer once again, this time prevailing in four sets to win his third Wimbledon title.

Once again, Federer appeared to have momentum on his side as he saved four set points in the second to level the scores, but Djokovic hit the reset button again and secured early breaks in the third and fourth sets, riding those early advantages all the way to victory.

"I have to say it's a big challenge playing against Roger," Djokovic said. "A lot of players of my generation have looked up to him and followed his lead.
"He makes you push your limits, work hard and win every single point."

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Djokovic and Federer clash for the 48th time in the 2019 Wimbledon final on Sunday July 14. You can read a full preview of the match here.


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