By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- It’s time to crunch the numbers for one last time, as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face off in the Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, UK – Novak Djokovic has looked ominous, Roger Federer has faced a couple of tests, but what do the tournament numbers tell us?
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Head to Head
|Novak Djokovic ||Roger Federer |
In their 48th meeting, their 16th at a Grand Slam and their fourth at Wimbledon, this rivalry is a little less one-sided for Federer than his with Nadal, even though they have played less.
|Titles (2019)||74 (2)||102 (3)|
Federer just stays out of reach of his younger opponent, as he closes in on No.21 but Djokovic, with age on his side could yet catch both Nadal and Federer by the time he is done.
Year to Date/Career W/L Record
|All surfaces W/L||34-6 / 870-182||38-4 / 1222-264|
|Grass-Court||6-0 / 94-18||11-0 / 187-26|
Djokovic has looked impressive despite skipping any warm-up tour events, but Federer’s grass court tally this year also includes Halle, but overall Federer just edges this category.
Match Stats 2019 (Source: ITF Notes/Tennis Abstract)
Federer has been taken to a tie-break far more than Djokovic over this year, but both have solid winning records this year.
Both have been very efficient in terms of their progression at the slams, neither having been taken the distance this year.
While there is not much to separate them in terms of first serve points won, Federer has been sharper on almost every front – Most aces, least double-faults with stronger numbers behind his second serve, and with more sets played, has more winners and less double faults.
What they had to say
Wimbledon has always been Federer’s wheelhouse, but recently Djokovic has started to lay claim to Centre Court.
Federer said: “It’s the same like going into a Rafa match. I think the moment you’ve played somebody probably more than 15 times, you know, especially in recent years also a few times, there’s not that much more left out there. Especially you know where the players go when it really matters, how much can you still surprise somebody.
“At the end of the day it comes very much down to who’s better on the day, who’s in a better mental place, who’s got more energy left, who’s tougher when it really comes to the crunch. In the tennis, there’s always somebody who’s going to be a little bit better because there’s no draws in our sport. It’s always quite brutal sometimes. Don’t want to say always the better player wins, but sometimes it can be tough. Like today, he could have broke in that last game somehow and we could still be playing. Who knows.
‘Look, I’m excited about the game against Novak. Like you said, we’ve played each other so, so much. I don’t mind that, I think it’s more of a clear game plan. Especially we had a great match against each other in Paris just recently. I hope we can back it up from there.”
However, Federer can count on a largely partisan crowd in centre Court, something that can rile Djokovic, despite his own credentials earned on final Sundays down the years.
Djokovic said: “Federer – we all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here. This surface complements his game very much. He loves to play very fast. Takes away the time from his opponent. Just doesn’t give you any same looks. He just rushes you to everything. So for players maybe like Nadal or myself that like to have a little more time, it’s a constant pressure that you have to deal with. I’ve played with Roger in some epic finals here a couple years in a row, so I know what to expect.
“It wouldn’t be the first time playing against Federer on the Centre Court. I’ve had that experience more than once. As I said, I know what to expect. I’m going to go out there and fight and give it all. It’s finals of Wimbledon. This is the kind of a match that I always dreamt of as a young boy with the tennis racquet, dreamt of being part of. This is what I worked for. I wanted to be in this position. I have a chance to fight for a trophy. Regardless of who’s across the net or what is happening around, I’ll definitely give it all.”
Prediction: Djokovic in four sets
The Wimbledon 2019 Gentlemen’s Singles Final takes place on 14 July at 2pm BST.
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