2019 Wimbledon Championships Men’s Singles Final – Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer taking place? All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London

When is Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Sunday 14th July, 2019 – 14:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer? Partly cloudy with a temperature around 22c

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer on? Matches will air on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC Red Button throughout the tournament

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer? BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport website / BBC Sport app

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THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Novak Djokovic 25-22 Roger Federer
Last meeting:
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-6, 5-7, 7-6

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • World number one Novak Djokovic got the better of a player who had beaten him twice this year in Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the fifth Wimbledon final of his career.
  • The Serb dropped just the second set of the campaign to Bautista Agut, his first to Hubert Hurkacz in the third round, and has had his serve broken just six times all tournament.
  • Djokovic has won four of his five Wimbledon finals, losing the 2013 final to Andy Murray, and the fact that he won two of his four titles against Roger Federer may give him the psychological edge.

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer won an enthralling semi-final against his great rival Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach this Wimbledon final showdown with Djokovic.
  • In a repeat of the 2014 and 2015 Wimbledon finals, Federer knows he faces a monumental task in beating Djokovic for the first time in the SW19 final, although he did record a four-set victory over the Serb in a 2012 semi-final here.
  • Like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic holds a rare lead over Roger Federer in their head-to head record but taking into account the difference in their age, this stat is negligible when attempting to separate these three.

THE PREDICTION

In a final with huge ramifications for the legacy of both players in the GOAT debate, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer do battle in the Wimbledon final for the third time. Both came through in four sets over Spanish opponents, with Roberto Bautista Agut troubling Djokovic throughout while Federer was truly tested in another epic with Rafael Nadal.

The final will ebb and flow on small details with very little to separate them in ability. Although Roger Federer’s fitness is repeatedly called into question because of his age we have seen very little evidence that he does tire, although if there is a player out there who can wear him out it is Novak Djokovic. On the other hand, while the world number one can run all day, Djokovic has struggled in the past with the crowd’s perception of him, and no matter how professional he is, it is apparent that it bothers him in the bigger matches. Despite his four titles at Wimbledon he has never been received as well as seven-time champion Federer and Rafael Nadal, who both have more generally exciting playing styles. There is no doubt that the Serb is the best returner in the game today and probably ever, but his ability to defend his way to victory is as devastating as it is slightly clinical. Roger Federer will be the favourite inside Centre Court on Sunday, while Djokovic must settle for being the bookies' choice.

In their other finals, this match went to five and four sets, both of course in Djokovic’s favour. The Serb is probably just below the level he was five years ago while Federer is a more aggressive player now to close down points earlier in order to save energy. If the Swiss plays a perfect game, he has the advantage in a shorter match. However, this final is balanced on a knife-edge and could go the distance. The crowd will have a lot to say about the outcome here but the longer this final takes, the more likely Novak Djokovic can grind out his fifth title.