The daily tournament preview serves up Wimbledon tips for a dream final match-up between fierce rivals – and the top two seeds – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
20:00 (AEST), Fri 12th Jul @ All England Club, Wimbledon
History: Played 47: Djokovic 25 V Federer 22
Last meeting: Paris Masters, 2018 (SF): Djokovic d Federer 7-6 5-7 7-6
Final Thoughts: The Wimbledon gentlemen’s final features defending champion Novak Djokovic and 2017 winner Roger Federer. It is the first ‘Big Three’ final at the All England Club since this duo met in 2015.
Between them, they have won 12 Wimbledon titles – Federer with a record eight. But Djokovic’s four have come in the past eight years, during which period Federer has won only two. Djokovic (15) can also inch closer to Federer’s (20) all-time record tally of grand slam titles.
World No.1 Djokovic has dropped just two sets on his way to the 2019 final. He outlasted 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the semis.
Federer has been equally dominant, giving up only three sets so far. Facing a much tougher draw later in the tournament, he accounted for eighth seed Kei Nishikori and third seed Rafael Nadal in tough four-setters.
Federer’s 7-6 1-6 6-3 6-4 win over Nadal – a grand slam bogey player for the G.O.A.T. – was one of his best. It was also an ideal build-up for a final showdown against the might of Djokovic, who has barely been tested.
Djokovic holds the overall lead in the epic rivalry (25-22) and is on a four-match winning streak against Federer. The Serbian has also won eight of the last 10 clashes.
Djokovic also holds the edge 2-1 at Wimbledon, winning the 2014-15 finals after Federer won their 2012 semi. The overall grand slam record favours Djokovic 9-6 (3-1 in finals), while he has won the last four.
The duo’s 2014-15 clashes are the only Wimbledon finals to go beyond three sets in the past six years.
Federer is capable of toppling Djokovic and he will get plenty of support as a $2.55 underdog. But Djokovic just seems to have zero chinks in his armour on grass. Expect the younger competitor to make it back-to-back Wimbledon triumphs in a classic final.