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Federer and Djokovic Clash in Semifinal

Roger Federer Novak Djokovic Australian Open

There are four great semifinal matchups across the men’s and women’s draws at the Australian Open, but perhaps none has tennis fans and bettors excited more than Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic.

This will be the 45th career meeting between the two tennis stars and with the pair so closely matched in talent, it’s fitting that the two each own 22 wins against the other heading into their most recent meeting in Melbourne.

Current odds at online book BetOnline have Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, priced at -275 in moneyline markets while Federer, the No. 3 seed, is +230.

Federer and Djokovic have met three times at the Australian Open and the Serb has the 2-1 edge to date. The last meeting came in the semifinals of the 2011 tournament, which Djokovic won 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-4.

The two have rotated wins in the past five meetings, with Djokovic prevailing in the most recent head-to-head contest at the ATP World Tour Finals by a score of 6-3, 6-4.

While you normally get Federer and Djokovic meeting in the finals of a given tournament (eight of their last nine clashes have come in tournament finals), the last three meetings in the semifinals (Shanghai 2014, Monte Carlo 2014, Dubai 2014) have all gone to Federer.

Tennis at its best is capable of producing some of the most memorable moments and the sport simply does not get much better than Federer vs Djokovic. While Djokovic is a convincing favorite for the most recent chapter of this rivalry, don’t be surprised to see Federer produce something memorable for tennis fans – and bettors.