11:51 pm: Novak Djokovic – “Roger said he hopes to inspire people when they’re at 37. I’m one of them. He inspires me by his performances.”
11:47 pm: Roger Federer – “I hope I give some other people the chance to believe at 37 it isn’t over yet. Looking forward to continuing my life as a father, as a husband. It’s all good.”
11:44 pm: Federer will rue his lost chances. He was 8-7 ahead in the final set and had two match points on his serve but couldn’t get the job done. Having said that, the soon-to-be 38-year-old can be mighty proud of his effort. He played a great match fought till the very end.
As for Djokovic, the Serb showed just why he’s the best player in the world. He fought for every ball and earned his fourth title in the last five Grand Slams. He moves to 16 Majors and is just four behind Federer now.
The World No 1 and defending champion wins the final set tie-breaker to 7-3 to clinch his fifth Wimbledon title.
Final score: 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 12-13 (3-7).
DJOKOVIC WINS THE MATCH!
5th set, Federer 12-12 Djokovic
It’s 4-2 in Djokovic’s favour as the players switch sides. Federer has one serve to come and the Serb has the mini-break.
5th set, Federer 12-12 Djokovic
Federer holds to love! This match is into a tie-breaker! It’s been close to five hours. We will soon have a winner. It all comes down to this. Here we go!
5th set, Federer 11-12 Djokovic
Djokovic survives! What. A. Game. The Serb saves two break points to win the game and send the crowd into silence. Federer gave it his all but Djokovic simply wouldn’t give up. The Swiss will now serve to send this game into a tie-breaker.
5th set, Federer 11-11 Djokovic
Djokovic has a look at 0-15 but Federer shuts the door with a couple of big serves and a superb cross-court forehand. Just one more service hold each and we’ll have a tie-breaker. Perhaps, that’s the best way to settle this. Both players have been extraordinary today.
5th set, Federer 10-11 Djokovic
Federer squanders a huge opportunity! He gets to 30-30 and returns a second serve into the net. Djokovic then closes out the game. The Serb has to hold just once more before the final set tie-breaker.
5th set, Federer 10-10 Djokovic
Another game won with just one point lost. Federer serving down the T wonderfully there. This is a boxing match now. And neither player looks he’s going to blink.
5th set, Federer 9-10 Djokovic
Now, it’s Djokovic’s turn to lose the first point on serve and win the next four games. The Serb gets the all-important first serve going. We’re getting closer to that fifth set tie-breaker at 12-12, but there’s a fair bit of tennis left to be played before that.
5th set, Federer 9-9 Djokovic
Federer loses the first point of the game but wins the next four to win the game. He manages to land some big first serves to make life easier for him. Time for Novak to step it up again. Still impossible to pick a winner. What a match we have witnessed today!
5th set, Federer 8-9 Djokovic
Djokovic races to a 40-0 lead before Federer gives himself a chance by winning the next two points. But the Serb closes the door off the next point to seal the game. He surely has the momentum now. Federer will need something really special to get another break.
5th set, Federer 8-8 Djokovic – NOVAK BREAKS BACK!
Federer was leading 40-15 and had two Championship points but he couldn’t get the job done. Absolute brilliance from Novak to hit a cross-court winner while saving a match point. And this match goes on. Wow!
5th set, Federer 8-7 Djokovic – ROGER BREAKS!
We have a break of serve! And it’s Roger Federer who has the lead! Djokovic approaches the net with a weak shot, Federer seals the game with a cross-court forehand winner. The crowd goes delirious. The Swiss will now serve for his ninth Wimbledon title. But this isn’t going to be easy. Djokovic will surely fight till the last ball.
5th set, Federer 7-7 Djokovic
Now Federer drops just a point to win the game. He started the game with two aces and finished it with a cross-court forehand winner. Both players are fighting out of their skin at the moment. This is truly a battle for the ages. There’s no way one can pick the winner.
5th set, Federer 6-7 Djokovic
Djokovic drops just one point to hold comfortably. Both players were at the net at 30-15 and Novak went straight for Federer’s bod before getting an easy smash in return. Federer glanced back at his opponent as he walked back. Hard to say if the Swiss was left unimpressed by the Serb’s tactics.
5th set, Federer 6-6 Djokovic
Federer survives! Djokovic gets to deuce twice but the Swiss holds on with some nerves of steel and a big first serves. We can have a tie-breaker in this set only when the score is 12-12. So for now, these two gladiators will continue to serve till we have a break.
The American’s always had a good sense of humour...
5th set, Federer 5-6 Djokovic
Absolute brilliance from Novak! He’s 15-30 down dives full length to get the volley and win the point. That was clutch play from the defending champ. He follows that up with two comfortable points to seal the game. The players are moving gingerly now. This match has been brutal. It all comes down to who wants it more.
5th set, Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Another hold for Federer. And it wasn’t any easier. Djokovic gets to 30-all but then the Swiss holds firm with a wonderful inside-in forehand followed by a stretch volley, and a big first serve to close out the game. Whichever way this match goes, it’s safe to say now, it was a classic!
5th set, Federer 4-5 Djokovic
This time Federer had his chance at 15-all, he got the second serve and stepped in to have a crack at it but the ball went centimeters wide. The Swiss then hits a second outrageous drop-shot winner to make it 30-40 but he can’t keep his second serve return in and concedes the game. Each hold is massive at the moment. Each point is being cheered by the packed stadium. The atmosphere at Centre Court is so, so intense!
5th set, Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Roger consolidates the break! Novak had his chance in that game at 15-30 but he got unlucky as his forehand from well inside the court hit the net-cord and went wide. Federer then closed out the game with two massive serves, the second one being an ace.
5th set, Federer 3-4 Djokovic – Roger breaks right back!
Nerves from Djokovic as he fails to land his first serves in. Federer stays in the points with a string of backhand slices and finally breaks on his second break-point. Both players are content with avoiding the lines. You can sense the tension in their muscles at the moment.
5th set, Federer 2-4 Djokovic – Novak breaks!
Federer falls 15-40 behind but gets a gift as Djonkvic hits a second serve into the net. But the Serb makes no mistake after that as Federer hits a tame approach shot and runs towards the net. The defending champion takes position and hits a sizzling backhand cross-court winner to bag the game.
5th set, Federer 2-3 Djokovic
Djokovic races to 40-0 with three big serves but Federer hits back with a scintillating backhand winner down the line off the serve. Djokovic then nets an approach shot to make it 40-30, before netting another forehand from the base-line to make it deuce. But the defending champions follows that up with a massive serve down the T before Federer nets a backhand to concede a game. The last two games have been difficult to hold for both players. The atmosphere is getting increasingly tense inside Centre Court. Djokovic has the advantage of serving first in this deciding set.
5th set, Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Federer survives! Djokovic wins the all-important first point but Federer comes back with a lovely drive volley off his forehand for a winner. The Swiss then makes a couple of errors to give the Serb double break-point. Federer saves those with a long service return and a sharp cross court forehand. Djokovic then gets another break-point but Federer gets out of jail and seals the game with three big serves.
5th set, Federer 1-2 Djokovic
Federer gets a look in that game at 15-all but he squanders the chance by hitting a forehand wide. He then gets another opportunity as he hits a sharp cross-court forehand approach shot that Djokovic hits wide. 30-30. The Swiss then returns a service wide before smacking a backhand winner down the line to make it deuce. But the Serb closes out the game with an ace down the T and another accurate serve. Crucial, crucial hold for the defending champion.
5th set, Federer 1-1 Djokovic
Federer leads 40-0 before making two unforced errors to bring Djokovic back into the game. But the Serb returns the favour by hitting a second serve long to concede the game. Both players are looking a bit nervy at the start of this all-important deciding set.
5th set, Federer 0-1 Djokovic
Another string of errors from Federer’s racket and Djokovic loses just one point to win the first game of the final set. Remember, we’ll have a tie-breaker only at 12-12 in this deciding set.
4th set, Federer 6-4 Djokovic – Roger wins the fourth set!
Federer holds to love! He makes Djokovic run from corner to corner and wins the first point with an easy volley into the open court. He wins the next point with a nonreturnable serve. Djokovic sends the next service return long as well before Federer hits a drive volley winner to seal the set. We’re going the distance, folks! This match has lived up to all the hype. Federer has taken a bathroom break again. He doesn’t usually do that.
4th set, Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Djokovic consolidates the break! He loses one point but lands good first serves to win that game comfortably. Federer will now have a second chance to serve out this set. One rarely gets that against the Serb.
4th set, Federer 5-3 Djokovic – Novak breaks for the first time in the match!
Federer comes out on top after a breathtaking 35-shot rally and saves on break-point, but Djokovic keeps up the pressure and earns his first break of serve. The Serb is making sure he tires his opponent out in case this match goes the distance.
4th set, Federer 5-2 Djokovic – Roger breaks again!
Federer makes it 30-30 with a decent approach forehand down the line and a brilliant volley after that. He then gets a break-point with a sizzling forehand which Djokovic sends long. Djokovic then hits a backhand long to concede the game. It looks like the Serb, just like he did in the second set, is just going through the motions and regrouping for the next. Federer will now serve to level this match up and take it to a decider.
4th set, Federer 4-2 Djokovic
Federer holds to love! Roger takes the first two points as Novak hits a serve into the net and a backhand wide. The Swiss then hits a delightful drop shot winner before the Serb makes another error. The momentum is back with the eight-time Wimbledon champion.
4th set, Federer 3-2 Djokovic – Roger breaks!
Federer wins the first point with a brilliant forehand cross-court passing shot but Djokovic responds with a ridiculous forehand drop shot. But the Serb then hits a double fault and a forehand long to give Federer two break points. The Swiss breaks with the first point itself as Djokovic shanks a backhand. The crowd erupts, the match is well and truly alive!
4th set, Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Federer gets to 40-15 comfortably but then hits a double fault before Djokovic hits a brilliant backhand winner down-the-line. But Federer steps up by taking the next two points and yelling “c’mon”. His entire box is on its feet standing and cheering. It’s now or never for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
4th set, Federer 1-2 Djokovic
Djokovic holds to love! The unforced errors keep flowing from Federer’s racket. The Swiss will have to take his game several notches higher to have a chance in this match. The defending champion looks confident on the court.
4th set, Federer 1-1 Djokovic
More nerves from Federer on his serve, as Djokovic has a sighter at 15-30. But the Swiss comes up with a big serve and a forehand volley to make it 30-30. Another serve and volley to make it 40-30. A tactical shift from Federer, possibly? Hits a forehand winner from baseline to hold serve. Crowd clearly sensing that the Swiss is down at the moment, goading him on.
4th set, Federer 0-1 Djokovic
These are not good signs for Federer fans... Djokovic has an easy hold to 15 as Federer starts the set with more errors. Massive momentum shift at centre court. The No 1 seed could run away with it if Federer doesn’t up his levels.
9.00 pm: The third set numbers say that it is Federer who had more winners & points but Djokovic was just too strong in the Tiebreak. In another world, Federer could have actually won this match by now in straight sets.
Federer has taken a bathroom break now...
3rd set, Federer 6-7 Djokovic – Novak wins the tie-breaker 7-4!
Federer serves first but concedes the mini-break thanks to another shank. The Swiss then hits two more unforced errors to fall 0-3 behind. Djokovic has won seven points in a row at this point. Federer then hits a nonreturnable serve before hitting yet another backhand into the net. Djokovic follows that up with relentlessly accurate ground-strokes to win a grueling rally. But the Serb then hits one into the net to give one mini-break back. Federer tries to make a comeback with a forehand winner but Djokovic closes out the set by inducing two more errors from his opponent. Novak leads 2-1!
3rd set, Federer 6-6 Djokovic
Federer holds to love again! The Swiss is serving big at the moment. Once again, Djokovic will have to win this set in a tie-breaker. But he has his task cut-out. The momentum is surely with his opponent at the moment. But Djokovic isn’t in the mood to give up. He wins the next four points to seal the game. We have another tie-breaker!
3rd set, Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Federer gets just the started he wanted as Djokovic sends a return long, but he returns the favour (again) by netting his own backhand. The two then win a point each thanks to unforced errors. But then Federer brings in some magic. They exchange a brutal rally which Federer wins with a delightfully deft volley. He took that on the bounce and brought the crowd to their feet. Set point. But the Swiss then hits make three errors to concede the game. Big hold for Djokovic.
3rd set, Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Djokovic gets to 0-15, Federer responds with an ace. Djokovic then gets to 15-30, Federer again responds with a nonreturnable serve. Djokovic looks frustrated after that and hits two returns long to concede the game. We’re yet to see a break-point in this set.
3rd set, Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Djokovic gets to 40-0 with three big serves but then hits a Federer-esque shank off his forehand. No harm done for the Serb, though, as Federer returns the favour with another tame unforced error off his forehand to concede the game.
Meanwhile, Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan are the mixed doubles champions. They defeat Jelena Ostapenko and Robert Lindstedt 6-2 6-3 in the final.
3rd set, Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Federer holds to love! The Swiss seals the game with an ace as Djokovic struggles to land his returns deep. Looks like the only way the Serb can win a set is through a tie-breaker. Federer is serving with great confidence.
3rd set, Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Djokovic concedes the first point by hitting a forehand into the net, but he takes the next one with a wonderful volley which Federer sprints towards but can’t reach. The Serb then gets a short ball and hits a thumping forehand winner down the line before Federer shanks another forehand to lose the game.
3rd set, Federer 3-2 Djokovic
Djokovic’s down-the-line backhand is firing now! He gets another winner with that shot to make it 15-all but Federer responds with three big serves to close out the game. The Serb still isn’t doing enough to trouble the Swiss on his serve.
3rd set, Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Djokovic is fully engaged now! He send a cross-court forehand and Federer replies with one of his own, but he then changes direction and the Swiss hits it into the net. Federer then hits another unforced error before Djokovic gets a double-fault. A lovely exchange follows! Both players going to the backhand and Federer eventually hits the net. 21-shot rally. Djokovic closes out the game with a backhand winner down the line while approaching the net.
3rd set, Federer 2-1 Djokovic
Federer holds to love! An error from Djokovic, a forehand winner, a slice volley and a smash. Easy does it for the Swiss. He’s been solid on his serve for the most part today.
3rd set, Federer 1-1 Djokovic
What a point! Federer approaches the net with a half-decent forehand down the line, Djokovic tries to hit the passing shot but his opponent hits two good volleys to keep the ball in play. The Serb finally clinches the point with a backhand down the line. He then closes out the game with another error from Federer.
3rd set, Federer 1-0 Djokovic
A comfortable hold to start the third set for Federer as Djokovic can win just one point in that game. The Swiss has always preferred serving first in a set. He surely has the momentum. The Serb needs to step it up.
Djokovic has taken a bathroom break. This is something players these days do quite often after losing a set.
2nd set, Federer 6-1 Djokovic – Roger wins the set!
Federer wins the first two points with winners that Djokovic didn’t really attempt to return. He then leads 0-40 before Djokovic hits a double-fault to concede the set. One can be sure of the fact that despite the defending champion looking down-and-out at the end of that set, he’ll come back really strong. We’ve seen him bounce back umpteen number of times in his glorious career. But a solid set from Federer. Didn’t let the disappointment of the first set bog him down. This match has all the making of a thriller!
2nd set, Federer 5-1 Djokovic
Federer wins the first point by hitting a strong cross-court forehand approach shot to induce an error, before hitting another double-fault to make it 15-15. Djokovic strikes a wonderful forehand down the line before an easy slice at he net to make it 30-30. Federer closes out the game thanks out another unforced error from his opponent followed by an ace.
2nd set, Federer 4-1 Djokovic
A couple of unforced errors off the forehand from Federer help Djokovic get to 40-15 but the Serb then hits a backhand long to give his opponent a look. However, Federer returns the favour with another forehand unforced error to concede the game. Djokovic is on the board in this second set.
2nd set, Federer 4-0 Djokovic
Federer gets to a 40-0 lead but Djokovic gets back into the game thanks to a powerful cross-court forehand and a double-fault. But the Sern concedes the game by hitting a second-serve into the net. He simply isn’t feeling it at the moment.
2nd set, Federer 3-0 Djokovic – Roger breaks again!
The Swiss is turning it on! His return is on fire, just the way it was in the semi-final against Nadal, and Djokovic is looking low on confidence for some reason despite winning the first set. Roger hasn’t stopped attack and induces a string of errors in that game. The defending champion may just take it easy in this set now and regroup for the next.
2nd set, Federer 2-0 Djokovic
Djokovic fights hard but Federer manages to consolidate. The Serb gets to 30-30 but the Swiss responds with two massive first serves. Djokovic manages to get one back but Federer closes out the point with a comfortable volley. The next serve is returned wide.
2nd set, Federer 1-0 Djokovic – Roger breaks!
What a response from Federer! Djokovic can win just the one point on his serve and Federer has the break. The Serb his his backhand cross-court long to concede the game. Federer is not going on the backfoot despite losing the first set agonisingly. But can he consolidate?
1st set, Federer 6-6 Djokovic – NOVAK WINS THE TIE-BREAKER 7-5
Djokovic wins the first set! Federer takes the first point of the tie-breaker with an nonreturnable serve and the players then have a 21-shot rally – the longest of the match so far. Federer was on top for the most part but gave away the point with two forehand shanks. The Swiss then concedes the next pint with an inexplicable miss after finding himself with an easy put-away at the net. He then misses another backhand before landing an ace to make it 2-3 in favour of Djokovic. The 37-year-old then hits a superb backhand down the line to level things up at 3-3. Djokovic decides to approach the net but gets passed by a sizzling forehand down the line. Federer then hits an ace before hitting two shanks off his forehand. Djokovic then induces another error to win three points in a row and get his first set point at 6-5. The serve is with Federer but he concedes the set with another backhand shank that goes wide. Hard to say that the better player won the set, but we can say for sure that the less consistent one lost.
1st set, Federer 6-6 Djokovic – We’re going to a tie-breaker!
Djokovic holds to love! Two aces, one wonderful drop-shot from the defending champion in that game. One can’t help but think that Federer has to win the this breaker to have a chance in the match.
1st set, Federer 6-5 Djokovic
Federer starts the game with an ace but follows that up with an unforced error. He then attempts a third forehand drop-shot but this time Djokovic gets to it and hits a backhand cross-court winner. Down 15-30, Federer takes his game a notch higher with a stunning backhand down the line to induce an error, before winning the point with another sharp forehand. He then hits his first double fault, before hitting an inch-perfect inside-in forehand to get advantage. The Swiss closes out the game with another strong down the line approach shot which Djokovic hits long. Tough hold for Federer. Now, Djokovic will serve to take this first set to a tie-breaker.
1st set, Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Bit of genius from Federer! He plays a delicate drop-shot off his forehand and gets an easy volley to win the first point. He wins the next point with another stunning forehand drop-shot, this time from the base-line. Djokovic couldn’t even get his racket to it. The Serb responds by sending down three big first-serves to lead 40-30, but follows that up with a double-fault. Federer, though, gifts the game away with unforced-errors from either flank. He could’ve had set point there, big hold for Novak.
1st set, Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Federer gets a short ball and holds his shot to land an inside-out forehand winner. He races to a 40-0 lead but Djokovic gets back into the game by winning the next two points with deep returns. However, Federer closes-out the game with another ace. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is yet to face a break-point. Djokovic had faced one earlier.
1st set, Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Shot! Federer approaches the net with a tame cross-court backhand, Djokovic sends a sizzling cross-court winner. The Swiss responds with a chip-and-charge and finishes the point with an easy smash. But the Serb wows again as he lobs a brilliant forehand down the line from Federer, the ball lands in and Djokovic then gets an easy smash that he puts away. Comfortable hold at the end.
1st set, Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Federer holds to love! A whipping forehand cross-court, a smash and a fine volley from his forehand. The Swiss opting to serve and volley right through that game. Djokovic had spoken about how the Swiss doesn’t allow his opponents time between shots. He’ll have to come up with a strategy to take Federer out of his comfort zone.
1st set, Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Roger has a chance in the first point as Novak hits a weak approach shot off his backhand, but the Swiss sends his own backhand passing shot long. The players then have an exiting rally and Djokovic comes out in top with a well-controlled drive volley. The Serb lands his first ace before closing out the game by inducing an error from Federer’s backhand.
1st set, Federer 3-2 Djokovic
Federer gets two unforced errors and Djokovic has an opening at 0-30. But Federer lands three massive first serves and Djokovic can’t get any of them back into the court. The Serb finally returns one but Federer pressurises him with a forehand down the line and Djokovic hits his backhand into the net. Solid hold for Roger from 0-30 down. He got four first serves in a row to get him out of jail.
1st set, Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Djokovic starts his second service game with a double fault. He then lands a second serve and the players exchange shots for a bit before Federer pulls the trigger on his forehand. The ball is inches out and the review confirms the line-umpire’s call. Federer then lands a wonderful forehand winner down the line to make it 40-30. Djokovic can’t keep a backhand in and we have our first deuce of the match. The Serb had been struggling to land his first serve but gets on right on the T to get advantage. But Federer makes it deuce again with a brilliant running passing shot with his forehand. It was a tentative approach shot by Djokovic. The Serb wins the next point comfortably but Federer gets the third deuce with another whipping forehand winer down the line. Djokovic hits a cross-court backhand long to give Federer the first break-point of the match. Djokovic has to work with his second serve again, Federer keeps going for the slice and eventually misses an inside-out forehand. Poor tactic by Roger. Novak then lands two powerful backhands to seal the game That lasted close to ten minutes.
1st set, Federer 2-1 Djokovic
First real rally of the match comes in the first point of the third game. Djokovic closes the point out with a wonderful forehand winner running in to the net. Federer, though, responds with three good serves to lead 40-15. He then gets another forehand error before Djokovic nets a slice drop-shot to concede the game. It’s on serve at the first changeover.
1st set, Federer 1-1 Djokovic
Djokovic gets on the board by holding to love. All four points won thanks to errors by Federer – three off the forehand and one backhand into the net. We’re yet to have a proper rally.
1st set, Federer 1-0 Djokovic
Federer starts the match with an ace, sliced wide to Djokovic’s forehand. The Swiss gets a forehand error after that but closes the game with a whipping forehand winner. Just the one point for Novak in the first game.
6:40 pm: It’s time. It’s Roger Federer. It’s Novak Djokovic. It’s the Wimbledon final. This is possibly the biggest match-up in tennis. Federer won the toss and chose to serve first. The crowd erupts as both players take their positions. This promises to be a classic. Here we go!
6:33 pm: The players take the court and are welcomed with a warm applause by the packed Centre Court. The toss is done and the duo pose for photographs. Djokovic has a big smile, Federer looks calm like he was in the semi-final against Nadal. Time for warm-ups.
6:30 pm: The players are taking what’s known as the most famous walk in tennis – from the corridors of the All England Club to the famous Centre Court. Djokovic leading the way.
6:26 pm: Paths to the final (x denotes seeded player):
1st rd: bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
2nd rd: bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
3rd rd: bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4
4th rd: bt Ugo Humbert (FRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
QF: bt David Goffin (BEL x21) 6-4, 6-0, 6-2
SF: bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x23) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1st rd: bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
2nd rd: bt Jay Clarke (GBR) 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2
3rd rd: bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x27) 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)
4th rd: bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA x17) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
QF: bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x8) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
SF: bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
6:23 pm: Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer believes the “stars have aligned” as he attempts to become the oldest Grand Slam winner of modern times in today’s final against Djokovic.
6:18 pm: Djokovic was his calm and confident self after the semi-final victory over Roberto Bautista Agut. The defending champion said he will fight and give it his all in the summit clash with his great rival Federer. We don’t doubt that for a second.
6:11 pm: Federer and Djokovic have played each other thrice at Wimbledon, with the latter winning two of those matches.
6:07 pm: Against Nadal in the semi-final, Federer attacked, created options for himself and took control of the points, whether error or winner. The best compliment came from his opponent and good friend himself. “He is always able to do the most difficult things easy.”
The celebration at the end said it all, this win meant the world to him and he worked hard for it. But even at 37 and against his toughest rival, Federer was able to make tennis look easy.
6:03 pm: Four-time Wimbledon winner and defending champion Djokovic enjoys a 25-22 edge in career meetings with the Swiss, stretching back 13 years. The Serb has won 14 of their last 20 meetings and eight of the last 10.
Federer has lost all four of their most recent meetings at the Slams and it’s now seven years since he triumphed over the 32-year-old at the majors.
Hello and welcome to live updates of the Wimbledon 2019 men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. It’s a battle between two legends of tennis and promises to be an absolute cracker.
Federer is chasing a ninth singles title at the All England Club. A victory on Sunday will see him tie with Martina Navratilova for the most singles crowns at Wimbledon. It will be his 21st Grand Slam triumph and will pull him three clear of Rafael Nadal for most Majors among men.
Djokovic, on the other hand, is eyeing a 16th Grand Slam title. He won the Championships last year and followed that up with victories at the US Open and Australian Open. He’d beaten Federer in the 2014 and 2015 Wimbledon finals and heads into Sunday’s match as the slight favourite.