Despite talk of younger players upsetting the tennis hierarchy, it will be 32-year-old Roger Federer and 27-year-old Novak Djokovic playing for the Wimbledon men’s singles title on Sunday.
Federer holds an 18-16 edge in their head-to-head career meetings, but this will only be the second time they have played on grass. The Swiss, winner of their most recent meeting at the Monte Carlo masters, scored a four-set victory in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals over the Serb en route to his last Grand Slam title.
The matchup ensures that another Grand Slam title will belong to a member of the “big four” — Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, who have won 17 of the last 18 major titles.
“It was always going to be hard to get rid of all four guys at the same time, let’s just be honest,” Federer said Friday (via The Post’s Liz Clarke).
Djokovic, the top seed and 2011 champion, defeated 23-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (9-7), to reach his third Wimbledon final in the past four years. Federer cruised to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over hard-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, 23, to reach his ninth Wimbledon final.
Federer, who has won seven Wimbledon titles, will be the oldest Grand Slam finalist since a 35-year-old Andre Agassi reached the 2005 U.S. Open final. He is aiming to become the first man to win eight singles titles at the All England club.
Who: No. 1 Novak Djokovic (champion – 2011) vs. No. 4 Roger Federer (champion – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)
What: 128th Wimbledon Championships
When: Sunday, July 6 at 9 a.m. Eastern time
Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Note: The women’s final between Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard will be played Saturday at 9 a.m. Eastern time on ESPN.