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Wimbledon has just about come and gone and once again, Djokovic and Federer find themselves at the opposite sides of the net as they play for the grand prize. It is virtually impossible to pick a winner at this stage, even though the odds have Djokovic as the slight favourite. For the first time in his career, the Serbian has reached the final of the first three Grand Slams of the year, dropping only two sets on route to the final.
On the other hand, Federer produced a scintillating performance on Friday to beat local hope Andy Murray in straight sets. The Swiss is through to his 10th Wimbledon final and hoping to erase the pain of last year with an eighth title, steering clear of Renshaw and Sampras. Leading up to Wimbledon, the 33-year old won the Gerry Weber Open for a record eighth time, becoming only the third player to win the same tournament that number of times.
Few would know how Djokovic would rebound from such a crushing defeat to Stan Wawrinka just weeks earlier at the French Open but he is mentally resilient and has demonstrated that he can overcome them. Nevertheless, 2015 has been a very fruitful season for Djokovic, with titles in Australia, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome. Only two other players apart from Wawrinka have had his measure this year, Ivo Karlovic and Federer.
The key for Federer in this match would be to do exactly what he did to Murray in the semi-final, keep the rallies short, serve big and be aggressive. But of course that is easier said than done because Djokovic doesn’t have a weak second serve and enjoys offense more than defense. Long drawn out rallies will only favour his opponent and before he knows it, he’ll be down two sets to love and serving to stay in it.
Regardless of Federer’s performance, Djokovic is going to have to play at a very high level if he is to capture his third title at the Championships. Despite being the heavy favourite going into last years final, Djokovic bucked at various stages, most noticeably in the fourth set, enabling Federer to send it into a decider. The things that are going for him are that he is the younger of the two, the more superior on the back of the court and the one in form.
Prediction: Federer d. Djokovic in four sets