Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open on 28 January at the Rob Laver Arena in Melbourne Park. Federer is looking to win his first Grand Slam title since winning the Wimbledon in 2012 and will need an outstanding performance to get the better of defending champions Djokovic.
Where to Watch Live
The match starts at 8am GMT. Live coverage will be available on Eurosport 1, Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport HD. Live scores and real-time internet updates are available on the Australian Open official website.
Federer and Djokovic meet each other for the 45th time in all competitions, with their last Australian Open clash coming in 2011, when the Serbian progressed to the final beating Federer in straight sets. The two have faced each other thrice Down Under, with the winner of the clash going on to win the tournament on each occasion. Djokovic has progressed twice to win the competition, while Federer had to make do with one.
There is nothing to choose between the two players in terms of head-to-head, with each winning 22 encounters, across the years but Djokovic has an advantage in the matches played between them after 2011, leading 16-9 in the games and 5-2 in Grand Slams. The duo met eight times last year, with Djokovic winning five of the encounters, two being Grand Slam finals.
Federer progressed into the semi-finals with a win in straight sets over Tomas Berdych 7 6, 6-2, 6-4. The Swiss has dropped only one set in the entire tournament, providing a true illustration of his dominance. However, he has struggled in recent times against Djokovic and needs to bring out his best if he has to add to his tally of 17 Grand Slams.
Meanwhile, the World No 1 made easy work of Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, an encounter which promised much more than what it delivered. However, Djokovic met his best match of the tournament in the form of Gilles Simon in the fourth round who took him to five sets but Djokovic managed to bring out the best in his game in the last set to scrape through into the next round.
Betting Odds (888Sport)
- Federer Win: 1/3
- Djokovic Win: 5/2
Head to Head
This is the 45th time that these two players face-off against each other in all competitions, with honours shared even between the two at 22 a piece.