Rivalries 2011 – Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic won four of his five meetings against Roger Federer this year, to improve to 10-14 in their FedEx ATP Head 2 Head series. Two of their clashes will live long in the memory.

Confidence coursed through Djokovic’s veins in victories over Federer in the Australian Open semi-finals and for his third straight title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. By the time the pair met in the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals, in mid-March, the World No. 2 ranking was on the line. “You could feel the intensity and I guess the pressure with both of us,” Djokovic admitted after his three-set Indian Wells win.

The trilogy showcased Djokovic’s greater power, his improved fitness levels and the benefits of his widely publicised gluten-free diet. His run of form and boundless confidence, founded on helping Serbia win its first Davis Cup title in December 2010, paved the way to him becoming the World No. 1 in early July. But ultimately, the matches proved to be Hors d’oeuvres for two of the finest matches of the year – on two of the sport’s grandest stages.

Djokovic vs. Federer: 2011 Meetings
Tournament Winner Score
Australian Open SF Djokovic 76(3) 75 64
Dubai Final Djokovic 63 63
Indian Wells SF Djokovic 63 36 62
Roland Garros SF Federer 76(5) 63 36 76(5)
US Open SF Djokovic 67(7) 46 63 62 75
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