Both players, in their 48th meeting, will try to add to already impressive hauls in their respective careers: Federer is aiming for his 21st career major title and ninth Wimbledon title, and Djokovic is going for his 16th major title and fifth at the All-England Club.
Nadal made him wait for victory in a tense final game at SW19 but Federer ran out a deserved victor in a match high on quality. They have previously faced each other at this juncture thrice, in 2012, 2014 and 2015, wherein Federer beat Djokovic in 2012, but succumbed to his counterpart in 2014 and 2015.
Federer has won a total of 102 titles, of which 20 Majors (record, 8 Wimbledon, 6 Australian Open, 5 US Open, 1 Roland Garros). I don't think it's a huge edge, but it's enough for a recommendation in today's final.
Four-time Wimbledon victor and defending champion Djokovic enjoys a 25-22 edge in career meetings, stretching back 13 years.
Friday's match turned on an incredible 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up.
Federer, the oldest semi-finalist in a Grand Slam semi-final since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open, broke Nadal for the first time in the fourth game of the third set.
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This 24 month data also is in favour of the Serb, whose advantage on return (he's broken around 10% more than Federer during this time period on grass) is considerably greater than Federer, and leads me to think that the [1.57] market line on the world number one is actually reasonable value. "I got a bit tight and it was a very important probably first four or five games of the second set". It's been a rock solid year. the stars are aligned right now. Among men in the Open era, their 47 meetings trail only Djokovic and Nadal's 54. I thought the match was played at a very high level.
Federer has lost in the Wimbledon final three times, twice to Djokovic. Just doesn't give you any same looks.
Top seed and defending champion Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut to triumph in four sets and advance to a mouth-watering Wimbledon final against Federer. Today's challenge will be unbelievable, and the mental factor will be more important than the physical factor and the technical factor.
Nobody's had more success at Wimbledon than Federer, and that reputation will be put to the test when he faces Djokovic on Sunday.
"But at the same time I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".
Federer knows this court and this stage better than any other, and will have a very partisan crowd in his favor.
"There's no point to start partying tonight or get too emotional, too happy about it, even though I am extremely happy".