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Federer Aims To Regain World No. 1 Ranking

Wimbledon, England

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is through to his 24th major championships final.

Roger Federer will attempt to regain the World No. 1 ranking by clinching a record-equalling seventh title at The Championships Sunday, after he beat top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semi-finals. 

Should the Swiss superstar go onto lift his 17th Grand Slam championship trophy – in his 24th major final – he will regain No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Monday.

“I've got a tough task ahead of me,” third seed Federer told BBC Television on Friday. “There's a lot on the line for me, all-time Grand Slam record, World No. 1.”

Federer, who is already guaranteed to replace Rafael Nadal as the World No. 2, has been World No. 1 for 285 weeks, one week shy of all-time record-holder Pete Sampras on 286 weeks.

“Everybody knows what a hero he (Sampras) is to me and how much I admire what he's been able to achieve in tennis,” said Federer in his post-match press conference. “I don't think he ever lost a Grand Slam final here at Wimbledon. He won seven out of seven, which is just incredible, particularly in the times he played against all these big servers. So I'm very proud to have a shot of equalling Pete, but right now the focus is obviously resting and preparing for the next match.”

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Federer hit 12 aces and 31 winners, committing just 10 unforced errors against Djokovic, who was broken three times in their 27th meeting. Federer improved to a 15-12 record against Djokovic in their FedEx ATP Head 2 Head series.

“I'm ecstatic, I played a great match today,” said Federer. “It's been a tough tournament for me. I was able to play some fantastic tennis today. I thought Novak played good too. The third set was the key to the match and then I was able to step it up.

The 30-year-old Federer will play fourth seed and British favourite Andy Murray or fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the final.

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