SportsPulse: Roger Federer is into the title match at Wimbledon after a semifinal victory over longtime rival Rafael Nadal. USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken breaks down Federer’s showdown in the final against Novak Djokovic.
The 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles final is set for Sunday, and it’s sure to be a match that will go down in history.
No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic will face third-ranked and No. 2 seed Roger Federer on Centre Court — their third finals matchup at the All England Club.
Federer has only lost three Wimbledon finals, and two of those losses came to Djokovic. In two highly competitive matches, Djokovic defeated Federer in a five-set marathon in 2014 and a four-setter in 2015. The pair also met at Wimbledon in the 2012 semifinals, which Federer won in four sets.
While Federer is regarded as one of the greatest to ever hold a racquet, Djokovic comes in as the reigning champion, and he’s won eight of their last 10 matches against each other.
Federer, who is pushing the limit of age perceptions in the sport, could become the oldest man (37 years, 340 days) in the Open era to win a Grand Slam singles title. The Swiss native already made history this fortnight by becoming the first man to win 100 matches at a Grand Slam with his win over Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.
Djokovic, 32, could also make history on Sunday. A win would make the Serbian the first man in the Open era over age 30 to successfully defend a Wimbledon title. A victory would also be his fourth major title since turning 30, something only Federer, Rafael Nadal and Rod Laver have accomplished in the Open era.
Their last match, at the 2018 Paris Masters, was forced to a third set tie-breaker, and Sunday will be a closely contested rematch. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 25-22.
When: Sunday at 9 a.m. ET
Where: All England Lawn Tennis Club
Wimbledon championships: 8
Wimbledon record: 101-12
Wimbledon appearances: 21
Career titles: 102
Grand Slam titles: 20
Total weeks weeks ranked No. 1: 310
Wimbledon championships: 4
Wimbledon record: 71-10
Wimbledon appearances: 15
Career titles: 74
Grand Slam titles: 15
Total weeks weeks ranked No. 1: 258
—Statistics via ATP World Tour