Australian Open semi-final picks: Djokovic a red-hot favourite in the heat of Melbourne
Recent Grand Slam meetings between the world No. 1 and Roger Federer have followed a similar pattern of late which should continue on Thursday
With 27 Grand Slams and 44 career meetings between them, the Novak Djokovic – Roger Federer rivalry is quickly becoming the best that the sport has ever seen.
It is also, however, becoming increasingly one-sided.
In 2015, Djokovic illustrated just how far ahead of the rest of field he was by scooping 11 titles, including three of the four majors.
Federer was the Serb’s opponent in two of those Grand Slam finals last year, with Djokovic winning both outings by a set score of 3-1.
The same outcome should be expected on Thursday.
The world No. 1 has won five of his last eight meetings with Federer, and will be confident of overhauling the Swiss in the best-of-five format.
Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam matches between the pair, and can use the searing Melbourne heat to his advantage by extending the rallies and outlasting his 34-year-old opponent.
Whilst Djokovic should ultimately progress towards a fifth Australian Open final, the Swiss should still be able to nick a set.
The four-time Australian Open champion was Djokovic’s only real competitor last year, defeating the Serb in London, Cincinnati, and Dubai.
Significantly, Federer has taken a set off Djokovic in 13 of their last 15 meetings, meaning that a four-set victory for Djokovic looks the best value by far.