Swiss ace Roger Federer can become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the history of Tennis on Sunday when he targets a record eighth All England Club title.
Reger Federer V/S Novak Djovic
Swiss ace Roger Federer can become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the history of Tennis on Sunday when he targets a record eighth All England Club title in his 35th career meeting with Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Federer, 32, won the first of his 17 majors at Wimbledon in 2003 and the most recent in 2012 but his failure to return to a Grand Slam final since has had his critics criticising the style of game.
But not to forget, Roger faces a stern opponent in Novak Djokovic where the former has had better during the 2012 Wimbledon final. Only once before have they clashed in a Grand Slam final, at the 2007 US Open where Djokovic, making his first appearance in a final at the majors, lost in straight sets as the Swiss captured a fourth successive title in New York.
Even though the pair share a good camaraderie off the court, all will be forgotten once they step out in the Centre Court on Sunday. Djokovic has lost five of his last six Grand Slam finals and all of the last three, to Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2013, Rafael Nadal at the 2013 US Open and to Nadal again at this year’s French Open. Unlike Federer and Nadal, Novak is still without the career Grand Slam which every player craves having lost both his Paris finals to the world number one Spaniard.
Both players have plenty of Wimbledon experience in their corners.
Federer has Stefan Edberg, the 1988 and 1990 champion as coach while Djokovic works with Boris Becker, the winner in 1985, 1986 and 1989.
The Swiss has not reached a grand slam final since clinching the Wimbledon title in 2012. Serbian Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2011, and last captured a grand slam title at the Australian Open in 2013, but he has lost his last three major finals, including Wimbledon last year to Andy Murray.
Federer has an 18-16 advantage in matches against Djokovic but Sunday’s showpiece will be only the second meeting the duo has contested on grass.
Federer won the previous battle in the semi-final en route to his seventh Wimbledon crown in 2012 and the 32-year-old also beat Djokovic in the 2007 U.S Open final – the only grand slam final the pair has contested.
With the odds stacked against Roger, Novak will have ‘gameplan’ well suited up for the Swiss master as the duo slog it out for a masterpiece at Wimbledon!