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Roger Federer admits he is excited about the prospect of facing Novak Djokovic again when the pair meet in next week’s ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The Swiss starred booked his place at the O2 Arena with a strong performance at the ongoing BNP Paribas Masters and caused somewhat of a shock by making it through to the semi-finals in Paris thanks to a battling win over Juan Martin del Potro.
The win set-up a clash with Djokovic and the 17-time Grand Slam champion produced another strong performance against the Serb, taking the first set before the world number two came back to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In a strange turn of events, the pair will now play each other again in their first match in London on Tuesday, in a competitive Group B which also features Del Potro and in-from Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Federer admits that it is quite unique how things have turned out but he is looking forward to having another shot at the Serb and is excited about the challenge.
“It’s unusual, no doubt about it to [play] back-to-back matches against Novak” I’m always excited about those challenges,” he told the ATP’s official site. “I have had a good couple of weeks now.
“Most important [thing] is to recover as much as I can, so maybe the extra day I will get over Novak now, could be an advantage. But I doubt it. He didn’t play Basel. So for me, it’s really important to rest right now and make sure I sleep enough and do all those things before our match on Tuesday.”