Wimbledon 2019: How to watch Roger Federer vs

Tanya Simon
July 14, 2019

He has added three Grand Slams to his tally in the last couple of years and in all non-Clay Grand Slams, Federer starts as one of the main contenders. The Swiss great aced the challenge thrown by arch rival Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2019 on Friday and will face World No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final for a record ninth win at SW19.

The 40th career meeting between the golden duo with 38 grand slam titles between them swung this way and that before Federer seized control to claim a 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

"It is going to be a tough task".

The Serb has also held serve 10% more often at 90% to Federer's 80%, so it's largely the disparity on second serve points won that has tipped the balance in Djokovic's favour in this career series lately. "See you next year!"

Djokovic has only dropped two sets on his way to the final.

Federer, the oldest semi-finalist in a Grand Slam semi-final since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open, broke Nadal for the first time in the fourth game of the third set. 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. Novak lost a chance in a bad match to Dominic Thiem at the French, and now he's got to be focused on getting another Wimbledon and getting that much closer to Federer, and beating him in the process! Their consistency and hunger keeps the rest of the pack on their toes and it therefore seemed inevitable that two out of this reigning triumvirate of tennis kings would go onto reach the final at this year's Wimbledon.

While Djokovic did see a brief dip in form during 2017, his resurgence since then has been truly remarkable and he is now the reigning Wimbledon champion. The match was played at a very high level.

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Whoever emerges as champion on Sunday, it will yet again confirm the dominance of the "Big Three" of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal.

Federer, who passed the 100-win mark at Wimbledon in his quarter-final victory over Kei Nishikori, is feeling especially confident after seeing off Rafael Nadal in four sets in the semi-final. Djokovic, though he apparently had trouble with his focus in his four-set semifinal win over Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday, likely enters Sunday's final with the fresher pair of legs.

"He just rushes you to everything". "But at the same time, I [will] create another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".

While Federer is chasing his own history, so too is Djokovic.

There is no doubt whatsoever as to who the crowd will support. Federer last beat Djokovic at a major in the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2012.

Given this, and the fact that my model felt that Djokovic was value without taking this more recent head to head advantage into account, I think the [1.57] about him is reasonable value.

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