Djokovic and Federer meet again at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will contest the men's singles final at Wimbledon on Sunday afternoon.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet in the Wimbledon men's final for the second year in a row.
Both enjoyed straight-sets victories in the semi-finals - Djokovic over Richard Gasquet and Federer over Andy Murray - and will contest the final 12 months after Djokovic won in five sets to lift the Wimbledon trophy for the second time.
The world number one had what appeared to be a tough draw this year, facing Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jarkko Nieminen and Bernard Tomic in the first week only to run through all three without dropping a set.
In the fourth round he had more problems. Facing Kevin Anderson he struggled to break the big serve of the South African and lost the first two sets, both to tie-breaks. However, he came back to win the next three and stay in the tournament.
In the last eight he played the US Open champion Marin Cilic but was always in control, winning in three sets and going through to face Gasquet in the semi-finals.
His opponent had an impressive run to the last four, beating Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka along the way.
However, the last two of those matches went to five sets and the Frenchman found it difficult to stay with the Serbian, suffering a comprehensive defeat.
The first set went to a tie-break but once Djokovic won that the result of the semi-final was never in doubt and he went on to reach his fourth Wimbledon final.
Federer has been in sublime form throughout the tournament. He beat the big-serving Sam Groth in the third round and straight-sets victories over Roberto Bautista Agut and Gilles Simon saw him through to yet another Wimbledon semi-final.
He has never lost when through to the last four at the All England Club and though Murray played well, making few mistakes, Federer was in imperious form.
He faced a break point in his first game but from that point on Murray was never able to put pressure on Federer. He held serve throughout the match and, at crucial points in each set, stepped up the pressure on the Scot's own serve.
At 5-6 down in the first and second sets, serving to stay in the set, Murray's second serve in particular let him down.
In the first set Federer had two set points on 15-40 and converted the second with a backhand winner. In the second, Federer had five set points at 5-4 but Murray rescued the game, only to succumb two games later when again 5-6 down and Federer had a two-sets-to-love lead.
The third followed a similar pattern and, at 4-5 down and serving to stay in the match, Murray again saw his opponent seize the opportunity. He was beaten by a backhand winner and, at 30-40, Federer converted his first match point, forcing Murray to put a forehand wide.
It was Federer back to his best and if he plays to that standard on Sunday, the Centre Court crowd could be treated to a classic.
The head-to-head record between Federer and Djokovic is very tight at 20-19.
Since last year's Wimbledon they have faced each other four times with two wins each, though Djokovic has won the last two - in the finals of the Indian Wells Masters and the Italian Open earlier this year.
They should have also met in the final of the end-of-year ATP World Tour Finals but Federer was forced to withdraw through injury.