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Final showdown: Federer Vs. Djokovic The Rematch

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer do battle for the 43rd time to decide this year's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

The 2015 ATP World Tour season culminates Sunday with the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title match featuring two of the game’s all-time greats. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer square off for the second time in the tournament. Federer won on Tuesday 7-5 6-2 to end Djokovic’s 23-match winning streak this season to take the lead again in their all-time FedEx ATP Head2Head 22-21. Djokovic has never led Federer in their head-to-head record.

This is their eighth meeting of the season (Djokovic leads 4-3). The duo has combined to win 10 of the past 12 season-ending titles between them with Federer a record six-time champion and Djokovic a four-time winner, including the past three.

Federer is appearing in a tournament record 10th final and Djokovic his fifth. Djokovic is trying to become the first player to win four straight season-finale titles in the tournament’s 46-year history. They are meeting in the final for a second straight year and third in four years at The O2. The last time two players reached the final back-to-back years was Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker in 1985-86. Lendl won both times.

If Federer wins the title, he will earn $2,228,000 and 1,500 Emirates ATP Rankings points for winning his five matches at this year’s season finale. He is looking for a seventh Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title (6-3) and 89th title overall (88-46 in finals). If Djokovic wins, he will pocket $2,061,000 and 1,300 points for the tournament. The Serb is looking for a fifth season-ending championship (4-0) and 59th title overall (58-26 in finals).

In the doubles final, the No. 1 duo in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, No. 2 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau meet No. 8 Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, who did not qualify until the last day of the regular season on November 8. Rojer and Tecau, who have a 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage, wrapped up their first year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Bob and Mike Bryan on Saturday. They are 10-0 in London this season after winning the Wimbledon title and going undefeated so far in the tournament. 

YEAR-END FINALS TITLES LEADERS

   No.  Years
 1. Roger Federer  6  2003-04, ’06-07, ’10-11
 2. Ivan Lendl  5  1981-82, ’85-87
 3. Pete Sampras  5  1991, ’94, ’96-97, '99
 T4. Novak Djokovic  4  2008, ’12-14
 T4. Ilie Nastase  4  1971-73, '75

RIVALRY FOR THE AGES
Djokovic and Federer have met the second-most times in the Open Era. The pair’s respective coaches, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, played 35 times.

 Rank  Rivalry  Meetings  Record
 1  Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal
 46  Tied 23-23
 2  Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer
 44  Federer leads 22-21
 3  Ivan Lendl vs John McEnroe
 36  Lendl leads 21-15
 T4  Jimmy Connors vs Ivan Lendl
 35  Lendl leads 22-13
 T4  Boris Becker vs Stefan Edberg
 35  Becker leads 25-10

LET’S MEET AGAIN
In the history of the year-end finals, singles finalists have met twice in the same year-end championships 15 previous times since it first occurred in Houston in 1976. This is the fifth time it has happened to Federer and the second time for Djokovic. In eight of the previous 15 times, the player who lost the round-robin match came back to win in the final. Here’s a look back at the past five times (prior to this year) where there has been two meetings in the same year-end tournament:

 Year  Champion  Round-robin result  Championship result
 2011  Roger Federer  d. Tsonga 62 26 64
 d. Tsonga 63 67 63
 2008  Novak Djokovic  d. Davydenko 76 06 75
 d. Davydenko 61 75
 2005  David Nalbandian  l. to Federer 63 26 64
 d. Federer 67 67 62 61 76
 2004  Roger Federer  d. Hewitt 63 64
 d. Hewitt 63 62
 2003  Roger Federer  d. Agassi 67 63 76
 d. Agassi 63 60 64

RACE FOR NO. 2
With Andy Murray eliminated on Friday, Federer can pass the Brit and reclaim the No. 2 ranking by winning the final. If Federer loses, Murray will be the year-end No. 2 for the first time in his career. Even if Federer wins the title, Murray can still end 2015 as the World No. 2 if he wins two live rubbers in singles during the Davis Cup final (adding 150 ranking points) or Murray wins one live singles rubber and Great Britain wins the title.

INFOSYS ATP SCORES & STATS COMPARISON
Here is a look at both players statistics in their four matches leading into the championship:

STAT

DJOKOVIC

FEDERER

ACES

11

26 +

1st SERVE %

69% +

60%

1st SERVE POINTS WON

69%

80% +

2nd SERVE POINTS WON

62%

48%

SERVICE GAMES WON

84% (31 of 37) +

83% (38 of 46)

BREAK POINTS SAVED

50% (4 of 10)

56% (10 of 18)

RETURN GAMES WON

36% (13 of 36)

38% (17 of 45) +

BREAK POINTS CONVERTED

45% (13 of 29)

65% (17 of 26)

+ Lead tournament

FINAL STREAK
Djokovic has reached the final in 15 consecutive tournaments, the most in a season in the Open Era. Here is a look at the players with the most consecutive finals reached (and overall) in the Open Era:

 Player  Year  Finals  Overall
 Novak Djokovic  2015  15  15
 Guillermo Vilas  1977  13  13
 Ivan Lendl  1982  11  18 (1981-'82)
 Roger Federer  2006  11  17 (2005-'06)
 John McEnroe  1984  11  12 (1983-'84)

MOST TOURNAMENT FINALS IN FEDERER'S CAREER

Tournament

Finals

Champion

Runner-up

Basel

12 (7-5)

2006-08, 2010-11, 2014-15

2000-01, 2009, 2012-13

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

10 (6-3)*

2003-04, 2006-07, 2010-11

2005, 2012, 2014

Halle

10 (8-2)

2003-06, 2008, 2013-15

2010, 2012

Wimbledon

10 (7-3)

2003-07, 2009, 2012

2008, 2014-15

Dubai

9 (7-2)

2003-05, 2007, 2012, 2014-15

2006, 2011

ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati

7 (7-0)

2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2012, 2014-15

US Open

7 (5-2)

2004-08

2009, 2015

* Walkover in 2014 does not count as a loss towards W-L record


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