Novak Djokovic Vs Roger Federer - Preview of the Indian Wells Final
The top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will lock horns in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open later tonight. Both players have made it to the summit clash without dropping a set and the summit clash promises to be an exciting one.
Federer and Djokovic have faced each other 37 times in the past with the Swiss leading their head to head 20-17. The final is in fact a repeat of last year's final where the Serb came out on top 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in a thrilling match. The World No. 1 knows that he needs to play his A game in order to clinch his fourth title here in Indian Wells.
“One thing about Roger is that he always makes you play [at the] highest level if you want to win against him, ”Djokovic said. “That's something that's always in the back of my mind. This is something that makes me come out with the highest possible concentration and intensity and commitment.
“If I want to win that match and win this title, I definitely need to be on top of my game, he added.
Federer is upbeat about their second meeting in a month. The Swiss maestro got the better of Djokovic in the Dubai final last month. “I think it's very exciting for both of us, and also for fans, to see a rematch of the great final from last year,” he said.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion heaped praises on his opponent ahead of the final.
“I think last year's final was great. I think we both played very well… He's tough, as we know. He barely misses. He moves great. He makes you go for the extra shot. [He’s] one of the great hard court players we have seen in tennis.”
There's more at stake for Djokovic as he looks to win his 50th ATP title of his career. He is currently tied at 49 titles with his coach Boris Becker.