Another Grand Slam tournament, another semifinal featuring the sport’s Big 3. I mean, who is going to take over tennis when these guys retire? For those of who don’t know the stars I’m referring to, they are arguably the three best tennis players of all-time. Roger Federer ranks first in career Grand Slam titles with 20. Rafael Nadal is second with 18, while Novak Djokovic is third with 15. Now, it’s down to just two of them, as Federer and Djokovic will battle in the men’s Wimbledon final.
Federer and Nadal met in the second semifinal on Friday and put on a show for the fans in attendance. It was the first time the two legends met at Wimbledon since their epic showdown in the 2008 final. The match went into the night, as Nadal won the fifth set 9-7 to claim the tournament crown. This time, Federer prevailed in four sets in what will go down among the classics at the All-England Club.
On the other side of the bracket, Djokovic rolled over 23rd-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets. The top-seeded Serbian has only lost two sets all tournament and will be classified as the favorite in this rivalry match on Sunday.
Djokovic to win fifth Wimbledon title (-180)
While Federer owns the record for the most Grand Slam titles (20), as well as the record for most Wimbledon titles (8), Djokovic has been the man to beat at the All-England Club in recent years. Federer took home the title in 2017 but has only won the one since 2012. On the other hand, Djokovic has won three of the last five Wimbledon tournaments, including in 2018. The reigning champion has won three of the last four majors, getting knocked out in the French Open semifinals one major short of completing the season slam. In addition, the Serbian has won back-to-back Wimbledon titles in the past, doing so in 2014 and 2015.
On the flip side, Federer did most of his damage earlier in his career, winning five-straight Wimbledon titles from 2003 to 2007. Since then, he’s won three in 11 years. The Joker has won all four of his during that time frame and has been revitalizing his career over the last year.
The final nail in the coffin comes via their head-to-head results. In 2007, when Djokovic was just 20 years old, Federer defeated him in the U.S. Open Final. It was Djokovic’s first Grand Slam final appearance, and it ended up being the only time he’d lose to Federer in a Slam final.
Since then, Djokovic has faced Federer three times in Grand Slam finals. He defeated him in the 2014 Wimbledon final, 2015 Wimbledon final and 2015 U.S. Open final. So, while everyone will boast about the career accolades of the 37-year-old Swiss native, it has been the Serbian that has dominated the tour recently. And it is Djokovic who is ranked No. 1 in the world. Consider taking him to win on Sunday and inch closer to Federer’s records.
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