When: Tuesday, January 28th
Where: Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia
Are we going to see the historic 50th round of the Federer versus Djokovic rivalry?
While the two tennis legends could meet again in this year’s Australian Open semifinals, both players need to get past the quarterfinals.
Federer could extend his lead at the top of the all-time major winner’s list by adding a 21st title.
The Swiss have seen Rafael Nadal close the gap to just one title, as the Spaniard won a 19th career slam in 2019.
A six-time Australian Open champion, Federer won back-to-back trophies in 2017 and 2018, the latter marking his record-setting 20th slam.
He has successfully defended the points from last year’s tournament, which saw him knocked out in the quarterfinals by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Djokovic, meanwhile, has to defend his 2,000 points from last year’s edition.
The Serb won his seventh Australian Open title, which moved him ahead of Federer in the tournament’s all-time winners list.
Now a 16-time major champion, Djokovic has also closed the gap to both Federer and Nadal.
The stakes are quite high for both quarterfinals matches, as Tennys Sandgren and Milos Raonic will try to prevent their opponent’s from advancing.
Head to head record: 0-0
Surprisingly, Federer and ATP Tour veteran Tennys Sandgren had never faced each other before.
The American won his first ATP Tour title in 2019, having spent most of his career at Challengers.
Sandgren, however, is no stranger to the Australian Open’s stage, having made it to the quarterfinals in 2018.
The veteran upset two seeded players, number 8 Matteo Berrettini and number 12 Fabio Fognini.
Federer, meanwhile, had a surprisingly bumpy road on the way to the quarterfinals.
The Swiss narrowly avoided a second upset in three years at the hand of John Millman, who had already eliminated him from the 2018 US Open.
Federer went down a break in the fifth set and required a tie-breaker to secure the win.
He also dropped the first set in the round of 16 match against Marton Fuscovics but bounced back to win the next three in order to advance.
While Sandgren is definitely going to put up a fight, having already upset two seeded players, Federer is the clear favorite.
Given how things have gone for the Swiss and how well Sandgren has played, the American could make it a four-setter.
Prediction: Roger Federer 3-1
Spread: Roger Federer -7.5
Totals: Over 33.5
Head to head record: Novak Djokovic leads 9-0
Raonic is experiencing a career resurgence, after dealing with injuries for the past three years.
The Canadian had also made it to last year’s Australian Open’s quarterfinals but was absent from Roland Garros and the US Open.
Raonic is at the top of his game right now and has not dropped a set in this year’s tournament.
The former top 3 defeated Lorenzo Giustino, Cristian Garin and upset the sixth seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
He then defeated Marin Cilic in the fourth round.
Djokovic had a tough first-round match, which saw him drop one set to Jan-Lennard Struff.
The Serb then went on to win the next three matches in straight sets, defeating Tatsuma Ito, Yoshihito Nishioka and the 14th seed, Diego Schwartzman.
While Raonic is arguably his most difficult opponent until now, Djokovic has a very good record against the Canadian.
The seven-time Australian Open champion has only dropped two sets in nine head to head matches.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic 3-0
Spread: Novak Djokovic -5.5
Points: Under 35.53
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