Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

‘Starts align’ as Federer seeks to break Djokovic spell in Wimbledon final

‘Starts align’ as Federer seeks to break Djokovic spell in Wimbledon final

He reached his sixth final at the grass-court major by beating 23rd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier Friday.

Coverage of Sunday's final between Djokovic and Federer on July 14, begins at 8 a.m. ET, with the match scheduled to begin around 9 a.m. "He plays with such velocity and spins and everything, you're not always sure you're going to connect the right way". "It's definitely, definitely going to go down as one of my favourite matches to look back at ... because it's Rafa, it's Wimbledon". The Japanese sensation has been improving year by year and always looks like a serious threat at the Grand Slams. It had appeared as though the Swiss would at least push the defending champion all the way when he won the second set tie-break 12-10, yet Djokovic proved too strong in the third and fourth.

"He has been really solid". The Serb has dropped just one set so far-against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the third round-and feels he's close to the peak of his powers. "It's a good feeling, I must say". With that in mind, Roger Federer will be optimistic about his chances in this match.

FELLOW athletes and other celebrities were in awe of the show put on by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in their Wimbledon semi-final on Friday night.

However, he will have his work cut out on Sunday if he is to secure a 21st major title as he trails 15-time Slam victor Djokovic 25-22 in career meetings.

Roger Federer admits clashes with Novak Djokovic can be "brutal" for the loser given how well matched the two players are, but he is relishing Sunday's Wimbledon final.

That would take him to just four behind the Swiss and at five years his junior, few would back against him going well past Federer's total.

Some of that disparity comes from the perception that Federer has had a more hard time on route to the final, however, and that fatigue, therefore, will play its part, but a bigger factor may be their head-to-head record. I had a couple of mistakes in that moment.

However, he added wistfully: "At the same time, today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever".

One thing Federer will have in his favour is the unwavering support of the Centre Court crowd and that is something Djokovic will have to accept.

There was no respite for Nadal, an 18-time Slam victor, who slipped a break down at 2-1 in the fourth.

Djokovic beat Federer again in the last four at the Australian Open en route to another title, but the two have not met at a grand slam since.

There was no respite for Nadal, an 18-time Slam victor, who slipped a break down at 2-1 in the fourth. In 2010, they played the first "Match for Africa" together for the benefit of Federer's Foundation.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, who remains two off Federer's Grand Slam record title haul of 20, has two Wimbledon crowns to his name. I'm glad he came to me.

The Serbian lost his cool in his semi-final against Roberto Bautista Agut when the crowd were cheering in the Spaniard's favour and former British number one Tim Henman thinks that could be a factor in the match. His opponent Novak Djokovic meanwhile has already started visualizing victory.

"Age kicks in. I know it's not over yet".

Asked where it would rate among his displays in south-west London, Federer said: "Obviously extremely high".

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