Wimbledon 2014 men's final: Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer will attempt to win a record eighth Wimbledon title when he meets Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

The 32-year-old Swiss, who claimed his last crown in 2012, is tied on seven wins with American Pete Sampras and Briton William Renshaw.

Number one seed Djokovic, the champion in 2011, was beaten in last year's final by Andy Murray.

The Serb will replace Rafael Nadal as the world number one if he wins a seventh Grand Slam title.

Centre Court order (14:00 BST start)
Men's singles final: Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Roger Federer (Can)
Mixed doubles final: Nenad Zimonjic (Ser)/Samantha Stosur (Aus) v Max Mirnyi (Bul)/Hao-Ching Chan (Tpe)

Complete order of play

Who is playing?

Novak Djokovic [1] v Roger Federer [4]

Roger Federer

There was a point on Wednesday afternoon, men's quarter-finals day, that appeared to be signalling the end of a decade-long four-way powershare at the top of men's tennis.

Rafael Nadal had been beaten the previous day, defending champion Andy Murray had just gone out and both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were struggling in their last-eight ties.

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Highlights: Federer sees off Milos Raonic

A new era? Not yet. Both Federer and Djokovic fought back, then dispatched young pretenders Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov in their respective semi-finals.

For Federer, a run to a ninth Wimbledon final comes 12 months after he was beaten in the second round by Sergiy Stakhovsky and presents the opportunity to add to his record haul of 17 Grand Slam titles.

In the same half of the draw as Nadal - an obstacle removed by Nick Kyrgios's shock win - Federer has had to overcome Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka and big-serving Canadian Raonic.

Wawrinka, who arrived at SW19 as the Swiss number one, is the only player to have taken a set off Federer at this year's Championships, while Raonic was brushed aside by an imperious display from the world number four.

That continued Federer's unbeaten run in eight Wimbledon semi-finals and booked a meeting with Djokovic, who he defeated in the 2007 US Open final, their only previous Grand Slam decider.

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Highlights: Djokovic reaches final

Djokovic, the world number two, arrived at Wimbledon having not played a grass-court warm-up event but has advanced to his third final in four years.

However, he had a more testing route to the final than Federer, spending 15 hours on court to the fourth seed's 10.

Four sets were needed to defeat Radek Stepanek in round two, while it took five - including coming from 2-1 down - to get past Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic was then pushed by Murray's conqueror Dimitrov, taken to four sets in his third match to last longer than three hours in the Championships. In contrast, Federer has only once been taken longer than two.

Still, even though Federer leads the career head-to-head 18-16, Djokovic has won 10 of the previous 15 meetings.

However, Federer has won their only Wimbledon clash and Djokovic is looking to avoid a record-equalling fourth successive Grand Slam final loss in the Open era.

What they say

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic: "Every rivalry that I have with these guys is special and unique in its own way. Of course, I respect Roger and everything he has achieved in his career as a player. To come back and play finals of Wimbledon again, it's incredible what he's doing. But, again, when we come to the court, that ends. I'm there to win, whoever is across the net.

"The key against him in the game is trying to not allow him to dictate too much because he likes to be very aggressive, he likes to come to the net. I'm going to have to be able to get as many returns back in the court and try to also stay closer to the line, protect the baseline."

Federer: "We didn't come through the rankings together, so I was established while he was coming up. We saw each other in a different light than we see each other today when we're both ranked high, we both achieved a lot. Things have clearly changed over time. Ever since he's won Grand Slams and became world number one, it's been a cool rivalry.

"His forehand, his serve, his movement is what stands out the most at this moment now. He's really been able to improve that and make it rock solid. It's really important to stay aggressive against him."

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Coaches' Corner: Djokovic v Federer

Just the facts

  • Federer is bidding to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and only the second man to win eight of any Grand Slam event - Rafael Nadal has won the French Open nine times.
  • At 32 years and 332 days, Federer is bidding to become the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era. He can become only the fifth man to win a second Grand Slam title in his 30s.
  • An 18th Grand Slam title would extend Federer's lead over Nadal and Pete Sampras (14 each). It would also draw him level with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, but still six behind Margaret Court.
  • This is the first Grand Slam final since the 2009 US Open not to feature either Nadal or Andy Murray.
  • The champion will receive £1.76m in prize money, while the runner-up collects £880,000.

The coaches

Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker

For all the intrigue on the court, there will be just as much in the players' box as two multiple Wimbledon champions once again lock horns.

Federer's appointment of Swedish two-time Wimbledon winner Stefan Edberg in December came only two weeks after Djokovic recruited three-time champion Boris Becker.

Both men have been present throughout the two weeks of the Championships, once again taking to the courts on which they played three successive finals against each other between 1988 and 1990.

Becker was successful in 1989, sandwiched in between Edberg's two wins, the second of which was won in a five-set classic.

Pick of the rest

Djokovic-Federer is not the only finale taking place on Sunday, with a Briton hoping for success at SW19.

Jordanne Whiley partners Japan's Yui Kamiji in the final of the ladies' wheelchair doubles, taking on the Dutch pair of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

And the final match to be played on Centre Court of the 2014 Championships will be the mixed doubles final. Nenad Zimonjic and Samantha Stosur meet Max Mirnyi and Hao-Ching Chan.

Tweet of the day

Two-time Wimbledon champion Jimmy Connors: Djokovic/Federer final - champions not ready to move over for the "young guns". Rest up guys - Wimbledon Championship on the line.

When and where to watch

Wimbledon 2014: Day 13, 11:30 BBC Red Button

Wimbledon 2014: Men's Singles Final (Build-up), 11:00-14:00 BBC Radio 5 live

Wimbledon 2014: Men's Singles Final (Build-up), 13:00-13:50 BBC One

Wimbledon 2014: Men's Singles Final, 13:50-17:45 BBC One

Wimbledon 2014: Men's Singles Final, 14:00-19:00 BBC Radio 5 live

Wimbledon 2014: Mixed Doubles Final, 17:45-20:00 BBC Two

Today at Wimbledon, 23:35-00:35 BBC Two

Wimbledon 2014: Day 13 Highlights - 21:00 BBC Red Button

Up to six courts streamed live on the BBC Sport website from 11:30-21:00 BST.

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