When it comes to two sacred monsters like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, it’s hard not to mention record after record and tons of incredible statistics. Fifteen years after their first clash on the circuit (2006), the Swiss and Serbian champions continue to grind records: the latest, recorded during the 2021 Wimbledon tournament, is truly impressive. Thanks to Federer’s recent success over Cameron Norrie in four sets and thanks to Djokovic’s victory over American Denis Kudla, we can officially say that – during the last 68 Grand Slam tournaments (since Wimbledon 2004!) – one between Roger and Novak has always managed to make it to the second week of each Major event. As for the Wimbledon appointment, in reality, this figure can be backdated to 2003 (last year it was not played due to the health emergency linked to the Covid-19 pandemic). Speaking of Serbian, with the exception of the 2017 Us Open in which he was not present, the last time he was unable to reach at least the round of 16 in a Grand Slam was at the Australian Open that same year, when he was surprised by Denis. Istomin with the score of 7-6 5-7 2-6 7-6 6-4. Coming to Federer, the Swiss did not fail to access the second week of the Australian Open 2015, when our Andreas Seppi ousted him from the tournament in four sets (in the count the recent forfeits of Roger are obviously not considered due to the knee injury). Should Djokovic reach the 2021 Wimbledon victory, he would rise to 20 Majors in total and this would allow him to finally hook Nadal and Federer. The tennis calendar will then continue with the Tokyo Olympics, where Jannik Sinner will be absent (promptly replaced by the Tuscan Lorenzo Musetti). In the women’s field, the Romanian Simona Halep gave up the London Slam to better recover from the bad injury she suffered in Rome a few weeks ago.
Federer paid a rich compliment to Novak Djokovic
Speaking to reporters after reaching the fourth-round at All England with a four-set win over Englishman Cameron Norrie, Roger Federer paid a rich compliment to his Serbian rival, saying he has worked incredibly hard on his fitness and is also “playing great”. However, to a question on whether Novak Djokovic playing so well and closing in on his career Grand Slam title haul was the primary reason for him to return to action, the Swiss said his only motivation is to do his “own thing”. “No, I don’t think I am playing because he is doing well or he is doing great things, same as Rafa (Nadal). I think I’m doing my own thing and I had problems of my own, with my knee. That’s been the focus,” Federer said. Federer, too, acknowledged that his old rival is in sight of another title at All England and will possibly go on to bigger things. “Very, very impressive to see what again he is doing this year. It’s gonna be another big one for him in the coming days. There’s always danger in the draw, wherever you look but at the same time he is able to have different ways how to win matches and he has done incredibly well in Australia and in Paris it was exceptional of course,” the 39-year-old said.