Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Blockbuster: It’s Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic

Federer reached his ninth Wimbledon and 25th Grand Slam final. (Source: AP) Federer reached his ninth Wimbledon and 25th Grand Slam final. (Source: AP)
Reuters | London | Posted: July 4, 2014 10:56 pm | Updated: July 5, 2014 1:19 am

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the Wimbledon title after the old guard held off the new in the semifinals Friday at the All England Club.

Federer, chasing his record eighth Wimbledon championship, swept past Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 25th Grand Slam final.

Federer, who owns 17 major titles, broke once in each set and won 61 of 80 points on serve to make it back to a Slam final for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2012.

The top-seeded Djokovic ran off six of the final seven points in the tiebreaker to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) to advance to his third Wimbledon final in four years.

It’s also Djokovic’s 14th Grand Slam final – and 10th in his last 13 majors. Djokovic won the 2011 Wimbledon title and lost in last year’s final to Andy Murray.

The 32-year-old Federer will be playing in his ninth Wimbledon final on Sunday. If he wins, he will hold the outright record for men’s titles, which he currently shares at seven with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.

Federer would also become the oldest men’s Wimbledon champion since the Open era began in 1968. The Swiss great has slipped in the rankings the past two years and failed to get to any Grand Slam finals. This could represent his best chance for another major title.

Federer, who has lost only one set and been broken just once the whole tournament, was asked how much it would mean to lift the Wimbledon trophy once more.

“A lot,” he said. “I must say I’m unbelievably proud every time I can walk the grounds here and keep on playing this tournament. I know I don’t have 10 left, so I’ll try to enjoy it as much as I can. Clearly, the first one was unbelievably special in 2003.

“And that I was able to play so successful for so many years here at Wimbledon has been an unbelievable thrill and that I get another chance to go through these kind of emotions is great.”

Federer’s dominance against the eighth-seeded Raonic was total. Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, had 17 aces but also had four double faults and conceded seven break points. Federer was clinical throughout and saved the only break point he faced.

Federer holds a career 18-16 advantage against Djokovic, but this will be only their second meeting in a major final. Federer beat him for the U.S. Open title in 2007. Overall, Federer has a 6-5 edge in Grand Slam matches. They’ve faced each other only once before at Wimbledon, with Federer winning in four sets in the 2012 semifinals.

“We know each other’s games,” said Djokovic, who will move to No. 1 in the rankings with a victory, replacing Rafael Nadal.

“We continued…

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