Greg Rusedski explains why ‘all the pressure’ is on Novak Djokovic ahead of Roger Federer ATP Finals showdown

Novak Djokovic faces Roger Federer at the ATP Finals (Picture: Getty)

Greg Rusedski has explained why he believes ‘all the pressure’ is on Novak Djokovic ahead of his mouth-watering clash with Roger Federer at the ATP Finals.

Both Djokovic and Federer go into Thursday evening’s group match with one victory and one defeat and needing a win to book their place in the semi-finals of the season-ending event in London.

World number two Djokovic smashed Matteo Berrettini in the opening match of the tournament before losing to Dominic Thiem in a three-set thriller on Tuesday.

The winner of the match will progress to the semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

Austrian star Thiem also beat Federer this week before the 20-time Grand Slam champion returned to winning ways against Berrettini to set-up a huge clash with rival Djokovic.

Neither player can afford to lose on Thursday night but Rusedski believes ‘all the pressure’ is on Djokovic as he needs to win the event to ensure he finishes the season as world number one.

‘Roger knows he needs to step up his level against Novak. He has to up his game for sure,’ former British number one Rusedski told Amazon.

‘But all the pressure will be on Novak Djokovic because he’s the one trying to end the year as world number one. You would expect a much higher level from Federer in this match.’

Rusedski was speaking after Federer eased past Italian debutant Berrettini and added: ‘Matteo played a lot better against Federer than he did against Djokovic.

‘He improved but he can still improve more. He’s world number eight. He can come back stronger next year.’

Former British number one Greg Rusedski (Picture: Getty)

Federer, meanwhile, insists he is excited to face Djokovic, who he lost to in a thrilling and dramatic Wimbledon final in July.

‘We have played a lot of matches since, and I think we both look back at that as a great match,’ the Swiss legend said.

‘I think we both can take away some confidence from the match. Him obviously a lot. Me maybe a tad bit less.

‘But at the end of the day, I wasn’t hoping him not to be in my section or in my draw. I didn’t hope I was never going to play him again.

‘Actually, it’s good for me to play him again, and maybe that all helps to get a chance to get him back. I’m here for the World Tour Finals and not because of the Wimbledon finals.

‘I’m personally excited to play against Novak again.’

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