Djokovic leads Federer in the Wimbledon final: live updates

Third set | FEDERER 6, Djokovic 6

As in the first set, the third set of this men's final will be determined by a tiebreaker, after 12 consecutive service blocks.

Also like in the first set, there was only one break point in the third set, which Djokovic saved.

Federer won four points in total more than Djokovic in the third set in the face of the tiebreaker, and 13 more in the match.

Third set | FEDERER 5, Djokovic 5

The first break point of the third set was also a set point for Federer, won with a deep forehand followed by a backhand winner on a half volley.

Down by 30-40, Djokovic hit a deep and deep serve that started the service line and forced Federer to make a backhand error. Another strong serve gave Djokovic a point in the game and a setback that Federer scored his answer to level the score of the third set at 5-5.

Third set | FEDERER 5, Djokovic 4

None of the players has won a break point in the first nine games. Federer is making many more inroads in return than Djokovic in the match. He has achieved 83 percent of the returns, compared to only 59 percent of Djokovic, and has won five break points to Djokovic's zero.

Third set | FEDERER 2, Djokovic 2

After a second unstable set, Djokovic kept the proceedings in service at 2-2. Djokovic won the longest rally (45 shots) at Wimbledon since he started tracking the length of the rally in 2005. He also won the longest rally of this match, 21 shots, to go up 40-15 in the fourth game.

A category in which Djokovic is less superlative is his service: his five aces are canceled by five double faults.


After losing a hard-fought first set, Federer won the second set with considerable ease, leading him 6-1 in just 25 minutes. He broke Djokovic's service three times. Djokovic had 14 impressive winners against six unforced errors in the first set, but he imploded in the second, hitting only two winners against 10 unforced errors. He finished the set by dropping his service to love, including a double fault.

Federer knows, however, that a set of 6-1 seconds does not necessarily indicate a winner. He lost the second set against Nadal. in his semifinal on Friday by the same scoreboard, only to return and win the next two sets.

SECOND set | FEDERER 5, Djokovic 1

Federer won 15 of the first 19 points in the second set, although Djokovic reached the board with a retention of 1-4. There was only one 6-0 "bagel" between the two in their previous 47 games: the first set of the 2012 Cincinnati Masters, won by Federer.

SECOND set | FEDERER 3, Djokovic 0

After a very bad final of the tiebreaker in the first set, Federer went ahead to start the second, breaking Djokovic's service for the first time.

Djokovic helped significantly, made two unforced errors and lost his balance at another point. Federer consolidated in the gift, with 2-0, and then broke Djokovic again in the next game.

First set | Djokovic wins, 7-6

Federer seemed to have won the third point of the tiebreaker. After Djokovic rejected a pbad shot with a backhand volley, Federer was left with a short forehand but sent it long. Djokovic took that momentum to the next point, going up 3-1 with a reverse from Federer that was also sent for a long time.

Federer tied the tiebreaker to 3-3 with a setback that could intervene and draw the lines. He then took a 4-3 lead by winning a second consecutive point in Djokovic's service, hitting a right-footed shot down the line.

A wide service at 123 m.p.h. He extended Federer's lead to 5-3, but a very wrong right-wing missed his minibreak's lead, putting Djokovic back in service at 5-4. Another right-wing error by Federer tied the tiebreaker to 5-5.

Djokovic controlled the next point with his backhand to get his first set point at 6-5, and again attacked Federer's backhand to close the set, making an error and finishing two minutes before an hour. The crowd was audibly disappointed.

First set | Federer 3, Djokovic 2

Federer got his first break point of the match in the fourth game, a 14-point fight that marked the first battle of this final.

At the break point, Federer successfully challenged a first Djokovic service that had landed, then hit a backhand slice and several more slices. But he could not corner his forehand when he tried to badert himself in the rally. Djokovic then held, leveling the game at 2-2. Federer went into a hole, went down 0-30 in his next service game, but got him out with four first serves to keep the set in service 3-2.

The Wimbledon final will be his 48th meeting and a record 16 in a Grand Slam tournament. Familiarity breeds comfort. That's particularly true for Djokovic, who beat Federer in his two previous Wimbledon finals, in 2014 and 2015. Djokovic leads his head-to-head competition, 25-22, including nine wins in the majors.

During the renaissance of his career, Federer changed his rivalry with Nadal, winning six of his last seven games. But he has not fully resolved Djokovic, who has not lost to Federer in any tournament since the ATP Tour Finals in 2015.

"I think that at the time you played with someone probably more than 15 times, especially in recent years, also a few times, there is not much further," said Federer. "You especially know where the players are going when it really matters, how much can you surprise someone?"

"At the end of the day, it all comes down to who is better in the day, who is in a better mental place, who has more energy and who is harder when it comes to the crisis."

Federer, who won his 100th victory in the Wimbledon game in the quarterfinals, will turn 38 next month, and is trying to become the oldest player of the Open era to win a men's Grand Slam singles title, beating the record of Ken Rosewall, who was 37 years and 62 days of age when he won the 1972 Australian Open.

With a win, Federer would also tie Martina Navratilova's Wimbledon record of nine individual titles.

Djokovic is the No. 1 seed and defending champion. The Wimbledon sowing formula elevated Federer in third place to number 2, ahead of Nadal, due to his strongest record in the grbad in recent years. The final will face the two best individual seeds of men against each other for the 48th time in a specialty in the Open era. In these duels, the No. 1 has won 24 of the 47 previous meetings. If Federer wins, he will go up to number 2 in the standings.

When asked what he would do in a final in which the crowd was overwhelmingly in favor of his opponent, Djokovic said he would "know what to expect."

"Regardless of who is in the network," he continued, "or what is happening, I will definitely give it all."

The mental place will be essential for Djokovic, 32 years old. He said that the visualization would be a "very, very important" part of his preparation for the game.

"It's a pretty challenging battle inside of you," Djokovic said of playing in a Grand Slam final. "I think that in this stage we play in one of the most important stadiums and tournaments in the world, playing semifinals, finals, fighting for a trophy with one of the biggest rivals.

"I think the most important victory and probably the first one you have to do is the one you have inside, so what happens externally is, I suppose, a consequence or manifestation of that."

Federer said that his preparation for his 12th Wimbledon final, five more than any other man, would focus more on the mental than on the physical. He has never beaten Nadal and Djokovic in the same big tournament.

"I do not have much energy to train a lot right now," Federer said Friday. "Honestly, it's about recovery, hit some balls tomorrow, warm up the next day, but it's more in tactics.

"I do not think there's much to do in terms of practice, this is like a school: on the day of the test you will not read the I-don-know-how-many books that day, anyway, you do not have time "

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