Djokovic unbeatable? Federer eyes two wins in a week

Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:08pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Beating Novak Djokovic has been beyond virtually every player this year but Roger Federer has the chance to get the better of the Serb for the second time in a week on Sunday.

The 34-year-old ended Djokovic's 23-match winning streak on Tuesday with a classy straight-sets victory in the group stage of the ATP World Tour Finals but knows he will need to be at least as good to repeat that feat in the final.

Federer dispatched fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-3 to keep alive his hopes of a seventh title at the year-ender, while Djokovic outplayed Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3.

It sets up the perfect climax to the season between two players with 27 grand slam titles between them.

But Federer says Tuesday's victory over world number one Djokovic will have no bearing on Sunday's showdown.

"For me it's an advantage because I guess it gives me a bit of confidence," Federer, who has accounted for half of Djokovic's meager six defeats this year, told reporters.

"For him it's an advantage because he gets a second chance, and he's in another final. He's played some great tennis since we've played.

"So, yeah, I still believe his confidence is slightly higher than mine with the amount of success he's had this year."   Continued...

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning his semi final match with Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka
Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett