Legendary tennis player Roger Federer is excited about his upcoming clash with Novak Djokovic against whom the Swiss star lost the 2019 Wimbledon final.
Federer, who beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday to move to 1-1 at the ongoing ATP Finals, will face Djokovic again on Thursday with semifinal implications on the line.
“We have played a lot of matches since, and I think we both look back at a great match. I think we both can take away some confidence from the match. Him, obviously a lot. Me, maybe a tad bit less,” Federer said.
“But at the end of the day, I wasn’t hoping (for) him not to be in my section or in my draw. I didn’t hope I was never going to play him again.
“Actually, it’s good for me to play him again, and maybe that all helps to get a chance to get him back or whatever it is… I’m personally excited to play against Novak on Thursday.”
Notably, the upcoming meeting between the two in the Group Bjorn Borg at ATP Finals will be their first matchup since they played in the longest Wimbledon final in history (four hours and 57 minutes). Djokovic became the first Wimbledon champion to save match points in the final in 71 years.