According to a Feb. 27 SI report, world No.2 Novak Djokovic and eighth-ranked Roger Federer meet for the 32nd time in their careers in Friday morning’s 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships semifinals on ESPN live stream. This ATP rivalry matchup gets underway Friday morning at 10 a.m. EST (9 a.m. CST/8 a.m. MST/7 a.m. PST) and it will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel.
Stuck at work or unable to get to a TV at that time? No need to worry, because courtesy of ESPN3, tennis fans around the world can watch the action straight to a desktop or a number of (Internet) mobile devices. For more information please visit Watch-ESPN, or click here to watch the Djokovic vs. Federer live stream feed (Following the conclusion of Berdych vs. Kohlschreiber).
For 32-year-old Roger Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam champ is coming off his 40th win at Dubai, defeating Lukas Rosol in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Two victories away from his sixth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, the “Swiss Master” spoke to reporters about what it’s like to be in the final four, and previewed Friday’s match against “The Joker”.
“Before walking out I was like, ‘I'm happy I am here still alive today’,” Federer said. “I fought hard yesterday. The matches, sometimes you have to come through to end up sometimes winning the tournament, you know. So for me, here I am all of a sudden, instead of losing second round I'm in the semis playing Novak.
“I’m looking forward to the match. You know, one match, best-of-three sets on a court like this, it’s a bit of let’s see what happens, anyway. We both know that, and I’m looking forward to the match.”
For 26-year-old Novak Djokovic, the defending Dubai title-holder and top-seed, advanced to the semifinals without breaking a sweat (walkover), as Mikhail Youzhny withdrew from their match due to an illness.
The six-time Grand Slam champion, who trails Federer 15-16 in their head-to-head series, would like nothing more than to capture his 550th ATP World Tour victory by evening the score with his old rival Friday morning.
According to tennis oddsmakers, Novak Djokovic is a -425 money-line favorite against Roger Federer [+325] in this match. The winner advances to the 2014 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final to face either third-seeded Tomas Berdych or (No.7) Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Don’t miss what is sure to be another instant classic battle between two the greatest tennis players of all time. Watch Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer go to war in Dubai by either tuning to Tennis Channel, or clicking on ESPN3’s live stream link above at the aforementioned start time.