Scattered Clouds 56° Good Morning
Scattered Clouds 56° Good Morning

Roger Federer faces Novak Djokovic for Wimbledon title

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Switzerland's Roger Federer

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Switzerland's Roger Federer pose for a picture prior to the start of a semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome. (May 19, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

WIMBLEDON, England - For Novak Djokovic, it's about time to show that this is his time.

For Roger Federer, it's also about time to show that his time has not run out.

Djokovic, 27, has done virtually everything the past few Grand Slam tournaments except win a championship.

Federer has done more than most people expected this Wimbledon, a month before his 33rd birthday, by reaching Sunday's final against Djokovic.

Djokovic has been runner-up in three of the past Grand Slam tournaments -- this year's French Open, beaten by Rafael Nadal; last summer's U.S. Open, beaten by Nadal; last summer's Wimbledon, beaten by Andy Murray.

"There is plenty motivation from my side," he said, "after losing three of the last four."

The No. 1 seed, who with a victory could pass Nadal for No. 1 in the ATP rankings, Djokovic knows how people perceive those who always come in second. The British have a term, "Nearly Men."

Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2011 and the U.S. Open the same year. He has four Australian Open titles. "You always have these expectations and pressure," he said of his urge to change the pattern. "And stress comes from different factors, obviously. It's exactly the same for you and your opponent."

Not exactly. Federer is nearing the end of a career in which he has won a record 17 Grand Slams, seven of those at Wimbledon. He was the No. 4 seed who, after getting stunned in the second round here in 2013, came back with the same grace and power that was his trademark.

"My game's back to where I hoped it would be from a year ago," Federer said. "I don't even remember my last Grand Slam final."

That was at Wimbledon, two years ago, when he beat Andy Murray, Federer's only final in the previous 12 Grand Slams.

Federerhas a 6-5 record against Djokovic in Grand Slams, though Djokovic has won four of the past six.

New York Sports