Wimbledon betting favourite meets seven time champion in dream final
After two weeks of high quality tennis the two best players in the world will meet in Sunday’s showpiece. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer came through their semi-finals in straight sets and have set up a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon final.
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Roger Federer has chance to make history in 10th Wimbledon final
A partisan crowd on Centre Court would have loved to see Andy Murray win his semi-final but the truth was that Roger Federer was simply much to good for the number three seed on the day. The seven time champion looked as good as he has ever done at the All England Club, winning 7-5 7-5 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes.
Federer’s all-round game was superb but his serving in particular was breathtaking. The Swiss player dropped just 21 points on his own serve and restricted Murray to just one break point, in the opening game of the match.
The number two seed will contest his 26th Grand Slam final on Sunday, when he will look to win an 18th major title and become the first man in history to win Wimbledon eight times.
After his win over Murray the 33 year old said: “It’s been tough. Andy’s been playing well this season. There’s so much expectation riding on it, you just have to focus for one more game, and then one more game. You think the break will come.
“I expected four or five sets. I played so well on the biggest occasion today. My serve was good again, against one of the best returners. I kept the pressure up and was able to mix it up. It worked out well.”
Standing between Federer and an eight Wimbledon title is his recent nemesis Novak Djokovic. As expected, the top seed had a straightforward time of it in his semi-final, beating Richard Gasquet 7-6 6-4 6-4.
“It was a good performance, considering the occasion,” said Djokovic after his win. “It’s always tough. Richard had a great tournament and deserved to be in the semis. The first set could have gone his way but luckily it went to me.”
After the match the Serb brushed off suggestions of a shoulder injury – he needed the trainer in his semi-final win – and wasn’t always at his best against the 21st seed, making a number of unforced errors in the first set. However, his progress was never really in doubt and sealed victory with a service hold to love in two hours and 22 minutes.
It’s been a terrific year for the world number one who has still lost just two of his last 47 matches, reaching three Grand Slam finals along the way. His progress to the final has been largely untroubled – his recovery from two sets down against Kevin Anderson excepted – and he has reached 14 of the last 19 Grand Slam finals.
Federer has a narrow 20-19 lead in terms of wins and since the pair met in last year’s Wimbledon final they have met five times, with Djokovic winning three. Federer does have recent wins to call on, however, having defeated his rival in Shanghai and Dubai on hard courts.
Of course it was Djokovic who won an epic five set match in the Wimbledon final this year but on current form you’d have to say that Federer was playing better than this time last year. If the Swiss former champion can serve as well as he did in the semi-final he could well cause an upset at 11/10 – and who would begrudge the master an eighth title?