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Federer-Djokovic blockbuster leads final day

by Nicholas McCarvel
Sunday 6 July 2014

Is it possible that both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are trying to resurrect their careers?

It doesn’t seem correct to say, but the multi-Slam winners are both in what you could describe as a “major slump,” Federer last playing in a final in 2012 (he won here) and Djokovic losing five of six major finals over two years (he won the Australian Open in 2013). Here, a preview of that match and more on the final day of The Championships, 2013. 

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [4] Roger Federer (SUI)
Centre Court, 2pm

Of all the talk of “generation next” and the younger players on the rise, Djokovic and Federer are two very familiar names in Sunday’s Gentlemen’s Singles final. Each man fought off a young challenger in Friday’s semi-final and the two will meet for a 35th time in their careers, Federer leading 18-16 in their head-to-head.

There is little mystery between these two champions, Federer having won their sole meeting at the All England Club, a four-set victory in the 2012 semi-finals. It’s the seven-time champion who has the edge in Grand Slam matches, as well, having a 6-5 five-set record against the Serbian.

“Novak’s forehand, his serve, his movement clearly is what stands out the most at this moment now,” Federer said. “I think for me it's really important to stay aggressive against him. And especially here at Wimbledon it's simpler how we need to play against each other.”

“This is where he has the most success in his career, winning many titles,” Djokovic added. “He's been looking very good throughout the whole tournament, very dominant with his matches. I want to try to get the title. It would mean a lot mentally for me. The key against him in the game, of course, is trying to not allow him to dictate too much because he likes to be very aggressive, he likes to come to the net.”

Mixed doubles final
[15] Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)/Samantha Stosur (AUS) v [14] Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Chan Hao-Ching (TPE)
Centre Court, Second after 2pm

Can a pair of doubles stalwarts win a Slam for the first time together?

That’s what Zimonjic and Stosur will try to do in the mixed final, meeting Mirnyi/Chan. Stosur (two) and Zimonjic (four) already have mixed doubles crowns to their credit, but never together, as the Australian seeks her first here since 2008 (with Bob Bryan) and Zimonjic his first ever at SW19.

Mirnyi has won here just once: way back in 1998 with Serena Williams, while also capturing Olympic gold with Victoria Azarenka in 2012 on this same court. 

Boys’ singles final
[6] Stefan Kozlov (USA) v [Q] Noah Rubin (USA)
No.1 Court, 1pm

After American tennis had a dismal Wimbledon in the senior ranks, where no singles player advanced to the fourth round for the first time since 1911, the boys’ final offers a fresh breath of hope, where two U.S. players are set to meet.

No.6 seed Kozlov, just 16, takes on the 18-year-old Rubin, a qualifier who trained previously at John McEnroe’s academy in New York. It’s the first time that two Americans are meeting in the boys’ final here since 1977, when Van Winitsky defeated Eliot Teltscher.      

Girls’ singles final
[8] Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
No.1 Court, Second after 1pm

Weeks after they met in the final of a junior event at Roehampton, Slovakia’s Schmiedlova and Ostapenko of Latvia will play with the Wimbledon girls’ title on the line.

Schmiedlova is younger sister to touring pro Anna and the No.8 seed is the highest remaining in a draw that was riddled with upsets. But it was Ostapenko who won that recent meeting, the Latvian (a compatriot of Ernests Gulbis) saying grass is her favourite surface. 

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