In their 2010 US Open semi-final clash, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-5 in the deciding set after fending off two match points. It was the Serb’s sixth victory over the Swiss and he expected another few weeks later in the semi-final of the Shanghai Masters. Both players scored resounding victories over Guillermo García-López and Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals to mark the 17th game on the Tour. The most experienced Swiss achieved the eleventh victory, beating Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 42 minutes and advancing to his 29th Masters 1000 final and fourth of that year. Roger earned ten more points than Novak, fending off four of five break opportunities and delivering three breaks that sent him over the top. When we combined those groups, they had a similar number of winners and forced errors, and Novak added more unforced errors to ruin his chances despite solid effort. The Serb had a slight advantage in the shorter range of up to four strokes, but lost ground entirely in the more advanced exchanges to propel Federer over the finish line in straight sets. Djokovic held on after a deuce in the first game, and Federer added his name on the scoreboard with a forehand in the second game. The Serb had to work hard at 1-1, surviving three deuces to stay on the bright side before pushing Roger to the limit in the fourth game.
Federer ended his 2021 season with a 9-4 win-loss record
Todd Woodbridge believes it is unlikely Roger Federer will win another Grand Slam in light of his age and recent injury concerns. Woodbridge also reckons there is a great possibility of Federer missing the Australian Open next year. “Highly unlikely,” Woodbridge said about Federer’s chances of winning another Major. “If he were to win one, I think the only one that he would be able to get through is Wimbledon. He’s had another knee surgery … he’s not going to be out on the court for a while,” Woodbridge added. “I don’t think we’re going to see him in Australia (in 2022). He’s not going to win at the French Open, and he’s 40 years of age.” Woodbridge believes that while Federer has the ability to play some outstanding matches, he does not have enough in his tank to sustain his level throughout a Grand Slam fortnight. “I think Roger’s going to come out and play some nice matches, but winning seven matches to win a Slam, I don’t think we’re going to see that,” Woodbridge added.