Djokovic is the favorite in this one for anyone who’s been paying attention. Indeed, a surging 31 year-old who just won Wimbledon, still but inevitably finding his world #1 form is a favorite over a 37 year-old who can’t really break serve and is getting out hit from the BL by seemingly everyone.
Granted, Federer still has his wand and the serve is still quite good — he’s able to hold serve against almost anyone and makes appear his beautiful shot-making via one of the sport’s all-time all-court arsenals enough to confirm him as still a top player in the world. On these quicker hard courts, conditions could be just right for the tennis world to see the 37 year-old look like a younger more formidable Federer.
But today Roger has to play near perfect offensive tennis, serve impeccably and take advantage of any drops in Djokovic’s game that come and go.
Djokovic’s biggest weakness appears to be his serve — and the odd drops in form where he looks awkward out there, off-balance, his legendary BH, for instance, dumping into the net.
His second serve at times has looked amateur – hitting 70 mph.
But again: in those big moments of the match, look for Djokovic to become dialed-in and deadly.
Federer needs to be perfect.
The best part of this match is we get to finally see them play since the advent of Federer 2017. But that ship has sailed and Federer is on fumes, I’m afraid.
If I’m betting, I take Djokovic in this one.
The only caveat to that prediction is the majesty Federer on the Cincy hard courts.
Best of luck to these gents and I hope we see a classic.