By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Novak Djokovic [1] v Roger Federer [2]
  • Djokovic leads H2H 25-22
WIMBLEDON, UK – It all comes down to this as the top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer go head to head in the Wimbledon final


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Path to the Final

Round Novak Djokovic [1] Roger Federer [2]
1 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 6-3 Lloyd Harris 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2
2 Denis Kudla 6-3 6-2 6-2 Jay Clarke [WC] 6-1 7-6(3) 6-2
3 Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4 Lucas Pouille [27] 7-5 6-2 7-6(4)
4 Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3 Matteo Berrettini [17] 6-1 6-2 6-2
QF David Goffin [21] 6-4 6-0 6-2 Kei Nishikori [8] 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4
SF Roberto Bautista Agut [23] 6-2 4-6

6-3 6-2

Rafael Nadal [3] 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4


Novak Djokovic [1] v Roger Federer [2] | Djokovic lead H2H 25-22

If we thought the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was going well for episode 40, Novak Djokovic will face the Swiss for a 48th time on Sunday, and it will be their 16th meeting at a Slam.

The talk prior to the final was all about how Federer had been bumped up the seedings ahead of World No. 2 Nadal. Well, it turns out those seedings were spot on, and Federer continued to rule in his wheel-house, banishing the memories of that epic final in 2008.

Things have changed since then, and the grass of Centre Court is no longer Federer’s domain, although it is fair to say he has a slightly longer lease, with eight titles to hand, as opposed to Djokovic’s four.

Defending champion Djokovic is looking to do back-to-back victories for the second time in his career and has won four out of the five Wimbledon finals he has contested already. He obviously feels quite at home hear already with this being his second most-successful Slam in terms of titles won.

Federer will look to tie alongside Martina Navratilova with nine Wimbledon Singles titles and should he win on Sunday, will close the gap on Steffi Graf on the overall list for the most Grand Slam titles.

However, in erasing the memory of that fateful final in 2008, it looked as though Federer gave his best effort, saying he was exhausted by the effort, and that he was relieved it was over. Djokovic was not only tested by Roberto Bautista Agut, but as is so often the case by the crowd, and in no place will that be more evident than on Centre Court on Sunday.

Federer will have to look to be efficient on his serve, return and movement, because if he finds himself pinned on the baseline and in long rallies, you would have to give the edge all the time to Djokovic, whose contortions, returning prowess and ability to run everything down will keep Federer guessing.

It is said that often, the best matches at the deep end of a Slam is the semi-finals because the players want it so much. Federer may have given his all to defeat his old foe, and possibly has not enough left in the tank to fend off Djokovic.

Prediction: Djokovic in four sets.


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