For just the second time in their rivalry Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet for a Grand Slam title this Sunday at Wimbledon. Both players advanced to the finals taking different routes. Djokovic saved three set points in the fourth set tiebreaker to deny 23-year-old Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(2).
Federer was up next and the Swiss didn’t waste any time breaking the powerful Milos Raonic’s serve in his first attempt. And Federer cruised from there winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to his 9th Wimbledon final, the 25th of his remarkable career.
Federer and Djokovic will meet for a 35th time with Roger slightly ahead 18-16. This will be their 12th meeting in a Slam (Federer leads 6-5) but just second in a Slam final following Federer’s win in the 2007 US Open final.
“We always play good matches against each other,” said Federer. “We’ve played each other a lot the past six months, and it’s gone back and forth a bit. Novak is a great champion; he’s used to these occasions. He’s won here before and knows how to get it done. I hope it’s going to be a good match.”
And going into this final, the 32-year-old Federer has only lost one single set and only lost serve once. Djokovic was stretched to five sets on Wednesday and went four today in a 3-hour match against the Bulgarian.
Federer hasn’t won any Slams since his 2012 Wimbledon title. Djokovic’s been a fixture at the end of Slams but his last win came at the start of 2013 in Australia.
So who’ll win on Sunday and how will the old rival coaches, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, match wits?
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