WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — It seems like this never gets old as Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic in today’s Wimbledon Men’s Final. Two old rivals facing off yet again with a Grad Slam title in the balance.
It was not easy for these two men to make into the finals.
Djokovic on Friday going by the number of strokes, it was the longest point ever recorded at Wimbledon. For Djokovic, it went a long way toward putting him into another final at the All England Club.
After exchanging dozens of strokes during the third set of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday, Djokovic finally smacked a backhand down the line with the 45th shot of the rally to save a break point. The defending champion held serve to make it 5-2 and went on to win the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
According to official statistics, the 45-stroke rally was the longest at Wimbledon since they started tracking point lengths in 2005. But for Djokovic, the important part was the impact it had on what was a very closely-fought duel up until that stage.
“At one stage of the match, it could have gone (a) different way. Was very close in the third set,” said Djokovic, who faces Roger Federer in Sunday’s final as he goes for a fifth Wimbledon title. “Couple of very long games when I broke his serve and he had some break points, a very long rally. I managed to make a winner down the line with a backhand. Obviously winning that game was crucial for me. It gave me more confidence and relief so I could swing more freely in the next games.”
Meanwhile, Federer had to beat a long-time foe
Rafael Nadal. Federer won the right to play in his 12th Wimbledon Final by grinding out a 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court victory over Nadal,
Federer’s serve served him well against his Spanish rival, who won their last meeting at Wimbledon in the 2008 final — taking the epic fifth set 9-7 as darkness descended. The Swiss great finished with 14 aces this time and landed 69% of his first serves.