They have faced each other 47 times with Djokovic leading 25-22 (9-6 in Grand Slams). This includes a record 15 Grand Slam matches (shared with Djokovic-Nadal), four of which were finals, plus a record ten semifinals. Both players have beaten the other in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Federer dominated during their early matches, leading 13-6 by the end of 2010, but Djokovic took over the lead in the head-to-head in 2016, thanks to a 19-9 record since 2011. A notable aspect of the rivalry is their ability to beat each other on any given day, including Grand Slam play, making it one of the most competitive and evenly matched rivalries in the Open Era. To date Federer is the only man to have beaten Djokovic in all four majors, and likewise Djokovic is the only man to have beaten Federer in all four majors. Both players are generally considered to be among the greatest hard court players in the open era.
Their matches showcase an unpredictable display of shot-making. In addition, neither man has beaten the other more than four times in a row. In most other rivalries the type of playing surface has a profound effect on the outcome of matches, but in this rivalry, the type of surface in most cases does not give any considerable advantage to one player over the other. In theory, Federer gains a marginally small advantage on faster surfaces, as Djokovic's retrieval ability is diminished somewhat, but so far their match results have been relatively even across hard, clay, and grass courts respectively. As such, they have contested many acclaimed matches over the years. Their 2010 US Open, 2011 US Open and 2011 French Open semifinals along with the 2014 Wimbledon final are classified among the most notable matches in their rivalry.
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