Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Saturday November 3, 2018, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic will play Roger Federer in the semifinals of the 2018 ATP Paris Masters. Djokovic and Federer are both amongst the greatest players of all-time and that should ensure we will get to watch an outstanding tennis match.
Roger Federer beat Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals of this tournament. It was a strong performance by Federer as he won all of his service games while breaking Nishikori’s serve twice to set up a comfortable, straight sets win. It has been impressive to watch Roger Federer serve in this tournament as he has won 75% of the points played during his service games. Furthermore, Federer has only allowed his opponents to win 1 return game against him in the entire event. At this event, Roger Federer is attempting to win his 100th ATP title but he will face his biggest challenge of the tournament is this match.
On the other side of the court, Novak Djokovic beat Marin Cilic in 3 sets after the Serbian superstar lost the opening set. It was a shaky opening set for Djokovic but he fought back well by winning 4 return games to win the second set 6-2 and the third set 6-3. At this event, Novak Djokovic is targeting his 4th successful ATP title as his last 3 tournaments all finished with wins. Novak Djokovic has an outstanding record at the Paris Masters as he has won this event 4 times in the past. Djokovic has won the Paris Masters more times than any other player. With such this match being played at such a favorable venue, Djokovic will fancy beating Federer.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have a long history as they played each other 46 times in the past. As it currently stands, Djokovic has the better head-to-head record of 24-22. In the recent past, Djokovic has had the better run as he has won the last 3 matches with the most recent fixture being the final of the 2018 Cincinnati Masters.
This should be a terrific tennis match but I am going to predict Novak Djokovic to win this match. Djokovic is a class above Federer in 2018 as the Serbian looks faster, sharper and stronger. Having recent beat Federer, I see Novak Djokovic winning this match and making the finals of the Paris Masters.