In just their second meeting in a Major final, Roger Federer will meet top seed Novak Djokovic for the 2014 Wimbledon men’s title. Federer seeks a record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title, 18th overall. While Djokovic, who has lost his last three Grand Slam finals, bids for a second Wimbledon and 7th Slam of his career.
This is the 35th meeting between Djokovic and Federer. This is the equal-3rd most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era.
This is Djokovic and Federer’s 12th Grand Slam encounter which equals the record for most meetings at the majors.
This is just the 2nd Grand Slam final meeting between Djokovic and Federer – their only previous meeting at this stage of a major came at the 2007 US Open, where Federer won in straight sets. This is also just their 2nd grass court meeting after Federer won their only previous grass court match in the semifinals at 2012 Wimbledon.
This is their 10th meeting in a Tour-level final overall. Djokovic has won 5 of their 9 previous meetings in Tour-level finals, including most recently at 2014 Indian Wells-1000.
Federer and Djokovic are both former Wimbledon champions. Five former Wimbledon champions started the event here – defending champion Murray lost in the quarterfinals, 2-time champion Nadal lost in the round of 16, and 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt lost in the 2nd round.
This is the first Grand Slam final since the 2009 US Open not to feature either Nadal or Andy Murray.
NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 4 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)
Head-to-head: Federer leads 18-16
Top seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to win his 7th Grand Slam title and join John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in joint-8th place on the list for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.
If Djokovic wins his 7th Grand Slam title at 2014 Wimbledon he will be the 4th oldest player to win 7 titles at the majors in the Open Era:
Djokovic is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon title and become the 11th male player to win multiple Wimbledon titles in the Open Era after Roger Federer (7 titles), Pete Sampras (7), Bjorn Borg (5), Boris Becker (3), McEnroe (3), Jimmy Connors (2), Stefan Edberg (2), Rod Laver (2), Rafael Nadal (2) and John Newcombe (2).
Djokovic is looking to become the 3rd different man to win multiple Wimbledon titles without having contested a grass court warm-up event after Borg (1976-80) and today’s opponent (2007, 2009). The last time he contested a grass court warm-up event was at 2010 Queen’s. In 2011, he became the last man to win the Wimbledon title without having contested a grass court warm-up event.
7-time champion FEDERER is bidding to become the first man to win 8 Wimbledon singles titles. Martina Navratilova (9) and Helen Wills Moody (8) are the only women to have won 8 or more singles titles here.
Federer is also bidding to become the second man in history to win 8 titles at any Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning his 8th Roland Garros title in 2013.
By winning his 17th Grand Slam title at 2012 Wimbledon, Federer extended his lead at the top of the all-time Grand Slam titles list in men’s tennis. Bidding for his 18th major title here in London, he now targets the records of the 5 women who have won more Grand Slam singles titles:
At 32 years, 332 days Federer is bidding to become the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era. The oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era is Arthur Ashe who was 31 years 360 days old when he won the title here in 1975. The only woman older than Federer to have won Wimbledon in the Open Era is Martina Navratilova.
Federer, who won 2012 Wimbledon aged 30 years, 335 days, is looking to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Andre Agassi was the last man to achieve the feat, winning the Australian Open in 2001 at 30 years, 274 days and again aged 32 years, 272 days in 2003.
SUNDAY WIMBLEDON MEN’S FINAL SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 2:00PM
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)  v Roger Federer (SUI) 
2. Max Mirnyi (BLR)  / Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)  v Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)  / Samantha Stosur (AUS) 
Novak Djokovic 1.61 v Roger Federer 2.35
WEATHERUNDERGROUND WIMLBLEDON FORECAST
Partly cloudy. High around 70F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE
ESPN has live coverage starting at 9am Saturday morning. ESPN3.com will offer live streaming.
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