Roger Federer paints himself as underdog ahead of Novak Djokovic clash

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the Laver Cup

Roger Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the last four of the Paris Masters after both players came through their quarter-finals.

Djokovic, who will replace Rafael Nadal as world number one on Monday, overcame Marin Cilic 4-6 6-2 6-3, while Federer was too good for Kei Nishikori while securing a 6-4 6-4 success.

It will be the 47th meeting between the two players, with Djokovic currently leading the head-to-head 24-22.

“I want to play well,” said Federer.

“I want to try to win, obviously. I know he’s on a hot streak so I think it’s going to be tough.

“But nevertheless I think I’ve got nothing to lose.

“I also like this type of surface, I like playing indoors.

“Indoors has treated me very well, winning Rotterdam and Basel.

“I think I’m ready to do something, but clearly I have to play a lot of good tennis because those are the questions Novak asks of you.

“It’s not just maybe a serve here or there or a return here or there.

“He’s going to ask the question time and time again because he defends very well and he plays well on the offence and plus he’s serving consistently well at the moment so I think it’s going to be tough.”

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