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Novak & Roger: The Rivalry

Federer, Djokovic© Getty ImagesRoger Federer improved to 15-12 lifetime against Novak Djokovic after their 2012 Wimbledon semi-final.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer met for the 27th time on 6 July 2012 in the semi-finals of The Championships at Wimbledon.

It was their 11th encounter at a Grand Slam championship and their first meeting on a grass-court.

Federer has a 15-12 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Below is a history of the pair's 27 meetings, beginning with their meeting at the All England Club in July 2012.

Federer2012 Wimbledon Semi-final, Grand Slam, London, grass, Federer d. Djokovic 63 36 64 63
Under a closed roof, Roger Federer broke serve in the sixth game, and went onto clinch the 24-minute first set having committed just two unforced errors. Djokovic raised his game with tennis of the highest quality to seal the 30-minute second set. The temperature gauge increased at 2-3, in the third set, when Djokovic weathered a storm, winning 23-and-25-stroke rallies in a dramatic eight-minute game. Federer survived his own wobble, but was able to win the set. The Swiss maintained his dominance in the fourth set, opening up a 3-0 lead, to book a place in his 24th major championship final (16-7 overall). It also gave Federer a shot at reclaiming the World No. 1 ranking should he win his eighth Wimbledon final. Read Match Report

Djokovic, Federer2012 Roland Garros Semi-final, Grand Slam, Paris, clay, Djokovic d. Federer 64 75 63
Novak Djokovic gained a shot at history by reaching his first Roland Garros final. In a match played in overcast and often windy conditions, the pair exchanged service breaks midway through the first set, before Djokovic began to unpick Federer's aggressive game plan. Djokovic sealed the 34-minute first set, having committed just three unforced errors. Federer raced into a 3-0 second-set lead, but later on he failed to convert three break point opportunities for a 5-2 lead. Federer served for the set at 5-4, but Djokovic won three straight games. Federer won 14 of his 35 service points in the 53-minute set. Federer's first serve percentage dropped dramatically in the third set. Djokovic broke for 4-2 and went onto hit an unreturned serve to complete victory in two hours and five minutes. It gave the top seed an opportunity to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles. Read Match Report

Rome, Federer vs Djokovic2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia Semi-final, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Rome, clay, Djokovic d. Federer 62 76(4)
Novak Djokovic controlled the majority of the clash, until Roger Federer fought back at 2-6, 4-5, 0/30. The Swiss denied Djokovic his first opportunity to close out the match, converting his only service break to level the second set at 5-5 after saving a match point. But Djokovic regained his composure in the ensuing tie-break, capitalising on an early mini-break advantage to seal the final four victory in one hour and 40 minutes. “Here he was winning convincingly in all his matches, so I knew he was in good form,” said Djokovic. “I needed to step in the match, believing I could win. I played really good from the beginning to the end.” Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Djokovic2011 US Open Semi-final, Grand Slam, New York, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 67(7) 46 63 62 75
A year earlier the pair had contested a thrilling semi-final at the US Open, which saw Novak Djokovic save two match points to deny Roger Federer a place in his sixth successive final in New York. If possible, their 24th contest was even better. Federer was too strong for his Serbian opponent in the early stages, opening up a commanding two-set lead after one hour and 51 minutes. Djokovic began his comeback with a service break at the start of the third set and again broke down the Swiss’ defences in the first game of the fourth set. Largely impenetrable on serve, Djokovic broke Federer once more to force a decider. Federer regained his composure to break Djokovic’s serve in the eighth game of the fifth set and was on the brink of victory when he led 5-3, 40/15. He was unable to convert either of his match points, though, and Djokovic reeled off the final four games to complete a dramatic comeback. "It was a very similar situation to last year," acknowledged Djokovic. "I had to take my chances. I was very close to being on my way back home. It was an incredible last two games." It was the second time in his career that Djokovic had won from two sets down, and it was just the second time that Federer had surrendered a two-set lead in a Grand Slam match – the first occasioning just two months earlier against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Read Match Report

Federer 2011 Roland Garros Semi-final, Grand Slam, Paris, clay, Federer d. Djokovic 76(5) 63 36 76(5)
Roger Federer snapped a three-match losing run against Novak Djokovic and ended the Serb’s remarkable 2011 winning streak at 41 matches as he prevailed in their Roland Garros semi-final clash. The standard of tennis was exceptional in the 70-minute first set, which Federer won in a tie-break after saving two set points at 4-5. The Swiss then swiftly opened up a 4-1 advantage in the second set as he took a commanding lead in the encounter. Djokovic capitalised on a slight dip in Federer’s standard at the start of the third set and went up 3-0 as he attempted to become the first player in 175 attempts to beat Federer from two sets down in a Grand Slam match. Having closed out the 37-minute third set, Djokovic served for the fourth set at 5-4, but Federer clawed his way back to force a tie-break. Djokovic cancelled out Federer's early advantage in the tie-break, but from 3-3, Federer won three straight points including two aces. Djokovic saved two match points, but Federer closed out victory with his 18th ace of the match at 9:37 p.m. local time. "I really wanted to make it as physical as possible, which I was able to make happen," Federer said. "I was really happy with the way I played. I thought it was a great match from both sides." Read Match Report

Djokovic2011 BNP Paribas Open Semi-final, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Indian Wells, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 63 36 62
The World No. 2 ranking was on the line when Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer squared off in the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals. After dropping serve twice to lose the second set – marking just the fourth set he had lost since December (45-4 in sets) – Djokovic opened the third with a break of serve. He double-faulted on triple break point chance for Federer to concede the lead, 2-2, but the Swiss returned the favour in the next game. Federer lost 11 straight points from up 40/15 in the fifth game, including a double-fault on break point, and Djokovic secured one more break before serving out the match. "It was a very close match, so up to the last point you really couldn't say who's gonna take the win out of today's match," said Djokovic. "A lot of emotions. You could feel the intensity and I guess the pressure with both of us." It was his third successive victory over Federer and guaranteed him the No. 2 spot in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings. Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Federer, Djokovic2011 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Final, ATP World Tour 500, Dubai, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 63 63
Novak Djokovic went into his 21st clash with Roger Federer in the Dubai final with the confidence of having beaten the Swiss just over four weeks earlier in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The Serb quickly signalled his intent by breaking Federer’s serve in the third game of the match. Sublime on serve throughout the opener, Djokovic relinquished just four points, and the pressure told on Federer as he succumbed again in the ninth game. Federer stepped up and produced tighter tennis in the second set and was rewarded with a break of serve in the third game. However, the Swiss was unable to maintain his lead as Djokovic levelled in the sixth game. From there Djokovic quickly pulled away as Federer again lapsed into inconsistency on the backhand wing. A mistake from the Swiss cost him his serve in the eighth game and Djokovic clinched victory in 71 minutes. Victory saw Djokovic crowned Dubai champion for the third year in a row. "This match has probably been one of the best that I played this year," said Djokovic. "To be able to win against Roger in straight sets as I did tonight is incredible, but I want to keep on going." Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Federer, Djokovic2011 Australian Open Semi-final, Grand Slam, Melbourne, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 76(3) 75 64
After suffering a resounding defeat at Roger Federer’s hands in their last meeting at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic came out with a point to prove when the pair contested the Australian Open semi-finals two months later. With neither player able to engineer a breakthrough in the first set, Djokovic took control of the tie-break, battering Federer into submission with his powerful baseline play. Breaks were exchanged early in the second set before Federer raised his level to establish a 5-2 lead. The Swiss was unable to serve out the set, though, and was made to rue his missed opportunity as Djokovic reeled off five straight games for a two-set lead. Federer rallied from an early break deficit in the third set, but the comeback went no further as Djokovic won the final two games from 4-4 to claim victory in three hours. "Overall, it was a great performance," said Djokovic. "I'm very happy with the way I played. I knew that I had to use my chances." Djokovic had also defeated Federer in straight sets in the 2008 Australian Open semi-finals, which was the last time Federer had lost a Grand Slam match on hard court in straight sets. Read Match Report

Federer2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Semi-final, London, indoor hard, Federer d. Djokovic 61 64
Roger Federer dominated his rivalry with Novak Djokovic in 2010 and secured his fourth win in five meetings with the Serb in emphatic style in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Swiss delivered a master class to dismiss Djokovic in just 80 minutes in their 19th career meeting. He hit 31 winners to only 14 from Djokovic, and broke serve four times from 11 opportunities. Djokovic paid the price for a nervous start and after double faulting to lose his opening service game he never recovered. After claiming the opening set with two service breaks, Federer rallied from an early break down in the second set to break Djokovic in the fifth and ninth games. "I was able to outplay him at times, play aggressive," said Federer. "I took it to him, exactly the way I was hoping to make it. I thought it was a great match." Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Federer, Djokovic2010 Swiss Indoors Basel Final, ATP World Tour 500, Basel, indoor hard, Federer d. Djokovic 64 36 61
In their 18th meeting, Roger Federer put behind him the defeat he suffered to Novak Djokovic in the final of his hometown tournament a year earlier by beating the Serb to regain the trophy he had won from 2006-2008. The top seed made a fast start and broke Djokovic in the third game as he quickly wrapped up a one-set lead. The second-seeded Djokovic was quick to respond, though, breaking Federer’s serve for just the second time in the week at the start of the second set to level the match. Federer was riding an eight-match winning streak going into the final and his confidence helped him keep his focus in the deciding set. From 1-1 he won five successive games to seal victory in just under two hours. After the devastation of losing the US Open semi-final against Djokovic having held two match points, Federer had now won his past two meetings with the Serb. "We always play very athletic against one another," said Federer. "I always think it’s really close, they can go either way. I had match point [against him] at the US Open and that one hurt, but look, this one makes up for it big time." Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Djokovic2010 US Open Semi-final, Grand Slam, New York, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 57 61 57 62 75
Having lost to Roger Federer three consecutive years at Flushing Meadows, Novak Djokovic overcame a significant mental hurdle as he saved two match points to upset the five-time US Open champion in a pulsating semi-final victory. "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." Serving at 4-5 in the fifth set, Djokovic fell behind 15/40 but saved both match points with a swinging forehand volley and a down-the-line forehand winner. The Serb then broke Federer in the next game and his nerve was again tested in the final game of the match when he fought off a break point that would have seen the match come down to a fifth-set tie-break. On his first match point, Djokovic trumped Federer in a 22-shot rally to close out the match. Read Match Report

Federer2010 Rogers Cup Semi-final, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Toronto, hard, Federer d. Djokovic 61 36 75
It was not their prettiest encounter, but this contest between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had fans in Toronto on the edge of their seats until the very last point. With the No. 2 ranking on the line, Federer capitalised on a spate of unforced errors from Djokovic to race to a 6-1, 2-0 lead. But after belatedly switching gears to play with a greater margin for error, Djokovic worked his way back into the match and eventually held three break points on Federer’s serve at 5-all in the third set. Federer held on, though, and then watched on as the match finished as it started, with Djokovic spraying five errors in the final game to lose serve and the match. "He’s known for being a bit streaky and we saw that tonight," said Federer. "I could have won the match earlier but I’m very happy to have come through anyhow." Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Djokovic2009 Swiss Indoors Basel Final, ATP World Tour 500, Basel, indoor hard, Djokovic d. Federer 64 46 62
In their fourth meeting in a final and their fifth contest of 2009, Novak Djokovic dethroned three-time defending champion Roger Federer at his hometown tournament in Basel. The Serbian broke Federer in the ninth game of the first set and saved four break point points before serving out the opener in a 22-minute 10th game. Federer dug deep to rally from an early break down in the second set and benefitted from an untimely double fault from Djokovic in the 10th game as he levelled up the contest. However, the momentum soon swung back in Djokovic’s favour as the Serb raced to a 4-0 lead in the decider. Federer could find no way back and saw his 19-match unbeaten run in Basel end after two hours and 11 minutes. "I missed too many chances throughout the match," lamented Federer. "Novak played well and made it tough for me to get chances, but when I had them he also played well." Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Federer2009 US Open Semi-final, Grand Slam, New York, hard, Federer d. Djokovic 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5
It was a match that featured arguably the greatest shot that Roger Federer has ever hit, a shot that earned him three match points and a standing ovation from the 25,000 spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Federer appeared out of position to retrieve Novak Djokovic’s lob. But in a split second decision, the Swiss hustled to the back of the court to hit a through-the-legs shot. Federer, Djokovic and the enraptured crowd watched in amazement as the return cleared the net, past the hapless Serbian and landed in. Federer, who closed out the victory on his next point with another winner, admitted: "I was in a difficult position. I had nothing to do. We practise it a lot, but it never works. It’s the greatest shot I ever hit in my life." The shot summed up the day for World No. 4 Djokovic, who stayed competitive with Federer for most of the match but had no solutions for the Swiss’ brilliant shots on critical points. It was the third year in a row he had been beaten by Federer at the US Open. Victory marked Federer’s 40th consecutive win at Flushing Meadows and earned him a shot at a sixth successive US Open title. Read Match Report

Federer2009 Western & Southern Open Final, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Cincinnati, hard, Federer d. Djokovic 61 75
Roger Federer ended a two-match losing run against Novak Djokovic as he defeated the Serb to capture his first ATP World Tour title after becoming father to twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, earlier in the summer. In avenging defeats to Djokovic at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Federer cruised through the 33-minute first set with two service breaks and dropping only three points on serve. Djokovic offered up more resistance in the second set and Federer was forced to rally from a 0-3 deficit, and also saved a set point in the 10th game, before crucially converting his fourth of 15 break point opportunities in the 11th game and serving out victory with a love service game. "I think the special part [is] winning for the first time as a dad," said Federer, who won the Cincinnati title for the third time. "It's a great thing. [It] gets me going emotionally a little bit, because I know it's been a wonderful summer." Read Match Report | Watch Highlights

Djokovic2009 Internazionali BNL d'Italia Semi-final, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Rome, clay, Djokovic d. Federer 46 63 63
Rain came to Novak Djokovic’s rescue as he recorded his second successive victory over Roger Federer in the semi-finals in Rome. Federer had started the match in fine form and clinched the opening set with a break of serve in the ninth game. He was leading 2-1 with a break in the second set when the storm clouds that had been looming brought the inevitable rain. At the resumption, Djokovic won five of the next six games to level the match. Federer stalled Djokovic’s momentum early in the third set by breaking to create a 3-1 lead. However, Djokovic reined in his errors, exhibited more patience in his play, and was rewarded with the next five games to seal victory in two hours and 10 minutes. "I thought he came through with a bit more energy after the rain delay. Before that he was pretty flat," assessed Federer. "I definitely had the win on my racquet today, so it's pretty disappointing." Read Match Report

Djokovic2009 Sony Ericsson Open Semi-final, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Miami, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 36 62 63
Novak Djokovic recorded just his third win in 10 meetings with Roger Federer as he mastered the windy conditions where the Swiss failed to in the Miami semi-finals. Federer made the faster start to take the first set. However, he began to struggle with his rhythm and timing in the blustery conditions and crucial errors crept into his game. Breaks were exchanged at the start of the second set before Djokovic took control, reeling off seven straight games from 3-2 to level the match and take a commanding 4-0 lead in the decider. Federer overcame his frustration at his wayward play to recoup one of the breaks, but Djokovic held strong to close out victory in one hour and 46 minutes. It was Djokovic's first victory over Federer since the 2008 Australian Open semi-finals. "I definitely struggled with my timing, so it was a tough finish for me," admitted Federer. "I thought I was playing okay in the first set, but it was always going to be tough in the wind." Read Match Report

Federer2008 US Open Semi-final, New York, hard, Federer d. Djokovic 63 57 75 62
World No. 2 and four-time defending champion Roger Federer advanced to his 17th Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 3 Novak Djokovic in a rematch of last year's championship. Federer was attempting to become the first player since Bill Tilden in 1924 to capture five straight US Championship titles. Federer broke serve in the fourth game of the 25-minute first set, at 15-40 to take a 3-1 lead. The pair exchanged breaks in the second set, before Djokovic evened the match by breaking Federer in the 12th game on his third set point opportunity. Djokovic saved a break point in the first and third game of the third set, but in the 11th game, Federer broke at 30-40. The Swiss then served it out to take a 2-1 sets lead. Federer broke in the fifth and seventh games of the fourth set. He hit 20 aces and converted five of 12 break points while losing his serve twice in the two hour and 45-minute match. Federer hit 51 winners and committed 28 unforced errors compared to Djokovic's 43 winners and 47 errors. Read Match Report

2008 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Semi-final, Monte-Carlo, clay, Federer d. Djokovic 63 32 ret. (illness)
Roger Federer reached the Monte-Carlo final when Novak Djokovic pulled out complaining of dizziness midway through the second set after 72 minutes of play. Djokovic said, "I didn't feel good for the last three days. I've been waking up with a sore throat. But I thought it's not going to be nothing special. But obviously when you're playing against the World No. 1, you obviously get a lot of balls back and longer points, and I just couldn't get enough energy back after each point. I needed a lot of time. And I just decided not to risk anything. I feel dizziness a little bit in the last three days." Read Match Report

Djokovic, Federer2008 Australian Open Semi-final, Melbourne, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 75 63 76(5)
Novak Djokovic reeled off 13 aces and hit 50 winners to beat Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(5) in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The 20-year-old Serbian held serve when a break would have changed momentum and handed Federer his first straight sets loss at the Australian Open since the 2000 and 2001 first rounds to Arnaud Clement. Federer had the chance to serve for the first set at 5-3. Djokovic broke twice to win that set and twice more to get to 5-1 in the second in an 11-game sequence that changed the match. Federer, who had been bidding to reach his 11th straight major final, later admitted, "Of course, I've created a monster. So I know I need to always win every tournament." Djokovic drew on his experience in his 2007 US Open final, knowing the pressure was mounting on his rival after such an imperious run. "I am just very amazed I coped with the pressure today," said Djokovic. "In the most important moments, I played my best tennis. It's just amazing, indescribable, to beat the World No. 1, one of the best players this sport has ever had, in straight sets." Djokovic went onto play World No. 43 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.

Federer2007 US Open Final, New York, hard, Federer d. Djokovic 76(4) 76(2) 64
Roger Federer became the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win the US Championships four years in a row and at 26 years of age the Swiss was now two major titles shy of equalling Pete Sampras' career record of 14 titles. Federer, the World No. 1 for 188 weeks in a row, drew on his greater experience to beat major final debutant Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-4. Djokovic, 20, led 6-5 in the opening two sets. In the first, he held five set point opportunities. He was 6-5 and serving at 40/0. In the second, he missed two. "My next book is going to be called, 'Seven Set Points,'" said Djokovic. Federer admitted, "New guys challenging me - this is my biggest motivation out there. Seeing them challenging me, and then beating them in the finals." Federer took home a Grand Slam championship-record $2.4 million in prize money - $1.4 million for winning, plus a $1 million bonus because he finished atop the US Open Series standings. From 1970 to 2005, no man had reached all four Grand Slam championship finals in a calendar year. Federer had achieved that feat two years in a row.

Djokovic2007 Rogers Cup Final, Montreal, hard, Djokovic d. Federer 76(2) 26 76(2)
Novak Djokovic made history by becoming the first player to beat the world's Top 3 players in the same tournament since Boris Becker defeated No. 3 Michael Stich, No. 1 Pete Sampras and No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic in succession at 1994 Stockholm. Third seed Djokovic earned $400,000 in prize money after producing a brilliant display of shot-making to beat World No. 1 and two-time former titlist Roger Federer 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-6(2) in the Rogers Cup final at Montreal. The 20-year-old Serb saved six set points in the first set, but defending champion Federer fought back to level the score-line by winning the second set. Djokovic, who had never beaten Federer in their four previous meetings, took the fight to the top seed in the decider and finally wrapped up the match in two hours and 12 minutes. "This first set was really crucial I can say," said Djokovic. "The first set was really important, I saved a couple of set points and I had 40-0 and 5-5 on my serve but I lost it and then after that I really fight for every point and I managed to win that first set which was really important. And to win two tie-breaks against the World No. 1, probably the strongest player mentally on the tour, it's another achievement, it's another success so I'm really, really happy."

Federer2007 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Quarter-final, Dubai, hard, Federer d. Djokovic 63 67(6) 63
Roger Federer, bidding for his fourth Dubai title, after successes in 2003-2005, required just over two hours to beat World No. 14 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 for a place in the semi-finals. Federer's consistency of serve proved the game-changer as he won 74 per cent of his first service points and saved three of five break points.

2007 Australian Open Fourth Round, Melbourne, hard, Federer d. Djokovic 62 75 63
Roger Federer hit 12 aces and dropped just 20 points on serve in a totally dominant performance over Novak Djokovic, recording a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win in just one hour and 50 minutes that had the Rod Laver Arena on its feet. Federer would go onto become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a Grand Slam championship without losing a set.

2006 Davis Cup World Group Play-off, Switzerland vs. Serbia & Montenegro, Geneva, Federer d. Djokovic 63 62 63
Switzerland led 2-1 going into the first reverse singles rubber, after Federer had beaten Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets and Djokovic had edged Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4. Djokovic, who had risen 60 places to World No. 21 in the past 12 months, was overawed by Federer losing 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to give Switzerland an unassailable lead.

Federer2006 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters First Round, Monte-Carlo, clay, Federer d. Djokovic 63 26 63
Federer started his Monte-Carlo campaign chasing his third Masters 1000 title of the season. He looked sluggish against 18-year-old qualifier Djokovic, making uncharacteristic, unforced errors. The Swiss looked in control in the first set but struggled in the second, dropping serve twice before losing the set by firing a straightforward forehand wide. Djokovic, though, ran out of steam in the decider, despite saving three match points before hitting a forehand long on the fourth to give Federer a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win in one hour and 49 minutes. "I'm satisfied to have won and relieved it's over," said Federer. "It was not easy. I didn't play great but you need time to adapt to the surface."

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