The top two seeds are the players that will be competing in the final of Wimbledon 2019, but that only tells half the story of Roger Federer’s and Novak Djokovic’s campaign. They are undoubtedly the two best players in this competition, and this should be an entertaining final; especially if their semi-finals are anything to go off.
This is the matchup that all tennis fans have been waiting for, and it provides an excellent chance for Federer to write the wrongs from the 2014 and 2015 defeats against the Serb in the finals. This will be Federer’s 31st Grand Slam final and Djokovic’s 25th. There is no doubting the abilities of either player; they will both be recognised as the greatest of all-time. A combined 46 Grand Slam finals between them since 2005 just showcase the dominance that the two of them have enjoyed, and that means the final will be unmissable on Sunday afternoon.
Djokovic has looked supreme throughout the competition and was dominant in his wins over Ugo Humbers and David Goffin to reach the semi-final stages. In these two matches, he only conceded a total of 14 games and won both in straight sets. He met Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in Friday’s semi-final, and Djokovic was made to work hard by the debutant at this stage of a Grand Slam. The 23rd seed didn’t expect to reach this stage, and that was evident by the fact that his stag go had been diverted from Spain to London so the wedding entourage could watch the clash. Djokovic exerted his dominance early by winning the first set 6-2. However, the Spaniard didn’t come this far just to make up the numbers and proved his quality by winning the second set. However, the Serb rediscovered his form and won the next two sets breaking his opponent twice in each of the sets. The Serb has got better as the competition has gone on and he will enter the final as the 0.51 favourite with BetXChange.
However, Federer will come into the final looking for his ninth Wimbledon title at the age of 37. The Swiss player has rolled back the years throughout his campaign and has beaten a seeded opponent in four of his six matches. The second week began with the Swiss putting on a clinic against Matteo Berrettini as he won 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. His reward for beating the Italian was a matchup against Kei Nishikori, and after losing the first set; Federer powered to the win after four sets. This win ensured that Friday night was an unmissable event on Centre Court as Rafael Nadal and Federer met at Wimbledon for the first time since their epic in 2006. Federer was made to work for the first set as he won on the tiebreak before losing the second set. It was captivating action in front of a jam-packed Wimbledon. The shots that both players made defied the abilities of mere mortals, but Federer was able to go to the next level in the following two sets to win 3-1. His backhand was phenomenal as he returned Nadal’s top-spin efforts with interest throughout the match. If the final is half as good as this encounter, then fans’ will be on the edge of their seat for three hours, and we can’t wait.
Head to Head
The head to head record makes for close reading; as Djokovic leads the way with 25 wins to Federer’s 22. Federer hasn’t beaten Djokovic since their 2015 meeting at the ATP Finals, and he hasn’t beaten him at a Grand Slam since 2012s semi-final victory.
This will be a classic. These two players know each other so well, and a case can be made for either of them winning the Championship. However, the preference would be for Federer due to his record at Wimbledon. Centre Court is his court, and he will be the firm fan favourite. His backhand has been getting better and betting throughout the competition, and his consistency will be crucial as he wins a ninth Wimbledon title.