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Djokovic vs Federer Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Clash of the titans as Djokovic and Federer face off for Wimbledon title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 14 Jul 2019
  • Djokovic vs Federer is live from Wimbledon at 2.00pm local time/BST on Sunday
  • Djokovic leads their head-to-head 25-22
  • Djokovic has won their last four meetings and their two prior encounters in Wimbledon finals
Novak Djokovic (PA Images)

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer clash for the 48th time as the pair square off for the 2019 Wimbledon title on Sunday.

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It’s a dream final as Wimbledon 2019 draws to a close on Sunday, with World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic coming up against eight-time winner and second seed Roger Federer.

It also goes without saying history is on the line for both legends. Djokovic, who has won his last four meetings with Federer dating back to 2015 and has conquered the Swiss in their two previous Wimbledon final showdowns in 2014 and 2015, is attempting to become the first man over the age of 30 in the Open Era to defend the Wimbledon title, while more importantly, he’s aiming to close the gap to Rafael Nadal and Federer when it comes to total slam count. If Djokovic prevails, he will move up to 16 majors, two behind the Spaniard and four adrift of the Swiss.

Federer meanwhile is trying to further extend his all-time records. The 37-year-old, who has been slamless since winning the 2018 Australian Open, is gunning for a 21st Grand Slam title, which would give him some breathing room from Nadal and Djokovic, while after becoming the first man to win 100 matches at a single major tournament earlier in the week, Federer would be the oldest man in the Open Era to win a major crown if he prevails. Federer is competing in his 25th Grand Slam final and Djokovic is playing his 25th - who emerges triumphant on the grandest stage of them all on Sunday?

Both players were tested in their respective semi-final encounters. Djokovic was 0-2 against Roberto Bautista Agut in 2019 as they squared off on Friday, and after the Spaniard levelled the scores at one-set apiece, it appeared as if another boilover could transpire on Centre Court. However, beating Djokovic in a slam is a whole different kettle of fish, and the World No. 1 raised his level accordingly, digging out the third set before finishing strongly to complete a 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory and return to the Wimbledon final.

Roger Federer (PA Images)
Meanwhile, Federer closed out a thrilling victory against great rival Nadal, avenging his recent French Open loss to the Spaniard by a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 scoreline. Clashing at Wimbledon for the first time since Nadal’s epic five-set victory in the 2008 final, Federer survived a second-set onslaught to prevail in four, coming out on top following an exhilarating final game in which Nadal saved multiple match points before the Swiss completed the triumph.

Both Djokovic and Federer had dropped sets prior to the semi-finals - the top seed had to go four sets to take care of Hubert Hurkacz in the third round, while Federer was stretched to four in the opening round against Lloyd Harris and in the quarter-finals against Kei Nishikori. However, both players saved some of their best tennis for the semi-finals, which sets up a mouth-watering final showdown on Sunday.

On Djokovic’s side, he knows he has the chance over the next five years or so to usurp all of the records Federer has established over the last two decades.

“Of course, I am looking to make history in this sport,” the 15-time major champion said ahead of the match.
“I would love to have a shot at as many Grand Slam titles as possible. Those are probably the top goals and ambitions. Next to that is the historic No.1, which is not so far away.”

For Federer, it’s all about adding to his already-created records and denying Djokovic and Nadal chances to add to their own tallies at the same time. But the numbers aren’t on his side heading into the final.

The 37-year-old hasn’t defeated Djokovic since the round-robin stages of the 2015 ATP Finals and has never defeated Djokovic and Nadal in the same tournament - outside of the season-ending finals championships. He’s lost both of his Wimbledon finals to Djokovic, with his last win in a slam against the Serbian coming in the 2012 Wimbledon semi-finals. That being said, Federer has solved his Nadal riddle late in his career and he was close to beating Djokovic in their last meeting at the 2018 Paris Masters, with the World No. 1 prevailing in a deciding set tiebreak. I did back Federer to win this title before the tournament, but I also thought Djokovic might struggle to make the final after his French Open disappointment. The Serbian has responded brilliantly and he’s the deserved favourite to defend his Wimbledon crown on Sunday.

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Djokovic vs Federer Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Clash of the titans as Djokovic and Federer face off for Wimbledon title

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