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Djokovic vs. Federer: Wimbledon Final Preview

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Federer, Edberg© Getty ImagesRoger Federer practised with his coach, Stefan Edberg, on Saturday.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will contest the final of the 128th staging of the Wimbledon Championships on Sunday at the All England Club. 

Top seed Djokovic is looking to win the Wimbledon crown for the second time, following victory in 2011 (d. Nadal), while Federer is attempting to become the first man to win eight titles at SW19, having lifted the trophy in 2003-’07, ’09 and most recently in 2012, with victory over Andy Murray. The Basel native will contest his ninth Wimbledon final, having also finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the unforgettable 2008 final.

Should Djokovic win his seventh Grand Slam championship, the Serb would reclaim the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings, which he relinquished to Nadal on 7 October, 2013. Federer’s run to the semi-finals will see him return to World No. 3 and usurp Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka as Swiss No. 1.

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The 32-year-old Federer leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 18-16, winning two of their three meetings this season, most recently on clay in the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Their only other grass-court contest was also their last Grand Slam battle, two years ago in the Wimbledon semi-finals, which Federer won in four sets. It will be their 12th Grand Slam meeting (Federer leads 6-5) and the 10th time they have played each other in a final (Djokovic leads 5-4).

After his semi-final win over Grigor Dimitrov, Djokovic spoke of his desire to turn the tide in Grand Slam finals, having lost five of his past six, including his past three. The Belgrade native came into Wimbledon after finishing runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros and celebrated his last Grand Slam victory 18 months ago at the Australian Open (d. Murray).

After suffering a shock second-round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky last year and struggling with a back injury throughout his 2013 campaign, Federer has overcome his troubles to contemplate winning an 18th Grand Slam championship. The Basel native’s last major victory came two years ago at Wimbledon. At 32 years, 332 days Federer is bidding to become the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era.

IBM Statistical Preview

Novak Djokovic   Roger Federer
73 Aces 69
9 Double Faults 5
37% Unreturned Serves 44%
68% 1st Serve % 66%
77% 1st Serve Points 83%
57% 2nd Serve Points 68%
8 Broken 1
29 Break Points Faced 13
107 Games Served 89
93% Service Games Held 99%
115 mph Average 1st Serve 116 mph
96 mph Average 2nd Serve 99 mph
126 mph Fastest Serve 127 mph
70% Returns in Play 71%
29% 1st Return Points Won 31%
54% 2nd Return Points Won 54%
27 Breaks of Serve 24
70 Break Points 65
39% Pct. Converted 37%
105 Return Games Played 87
26% Return Games Won % 28%
53 Forehand Winners 56
56 Forehand Unforced Errors 36
55 Backhand Winners 31
58 Backhand Unforced Errors 36
240 Winners 230
130 Unforced Errors 84
132 of 186 Net Points Won 137 of 192
71% Net Points Won % 71%
49% Baseline Points Won 52%
90 Games Lost 64
4 Sets Lost 1
15:09 Time on Court 10:16

Djokovic Highlights:
• Strong serving - 73 aces – 68 per cent first serves in play – 77 per cent first serves won – 57 per cent second serves won - held 99 of 107 service games.
• Strong return of second serve – 54 per cent won. 
• Balanced from the baseline - 53 forehand winners - 55 backhand winners.
• Lost four sets, has been on court for over 15 hours.

Federer Highlights:
• Very strong serving - has dropped serve just once (held 88 of 89) – 44 per cent of his serves have not been returned - won 83 per cent of first serves – 68 per cent won on second serve.
• Solid return game – 54 per cent won returning secondd serves. 
• Very solid forehand - 56 forehand winners only 36 forehand unforced - only 84 total unforced errors.
• Dropped just one set - just over 10 hours on court to reach the final.

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