The fourth-seeded Federer is in search of his eighth career Wimbledon title, but he will have to get past No. 1 Djokovic in order to find it. Djokovic and Federer are unquestionably two of the all-time greats, and there is little doubt that they will put on a performance for the ages.
This may be Federer's best chance to add another Grand Slam title to his already vast collection.
Djokovic will have more opportunities moving forward, but beating Federer at the All England Club would truly cement his status as one of the best ever.
With a potentially classic final looming, here is all the vital information regarding when and where to watch Djokovic versus Federer.
When: Sunday, July 6
Where: All England Club, London
Time: 9 a.m. ET (2 p.m. BST)
Live Stream: WatchESPN
How Djokovic Can Win
Although it is often difficult to distinguish one player from another among the Big Four in men's tennis, it can certainly be argued that Djokovic is the best among them.
The scintillating Serb is a six-time Grand Slam champion, and he is looking for his second career title at All England Club.
That said, it has been three years since Djokovic last won a Wimbledon title, and it has been well over a year since he last won a Grand Slam championship. Things have worked out well for him in this tournament, though, as he avoided the likes of Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, meaning he must only beat one elite player to reign supreme.
However, the same can be said for Federer, so the way both men have played thus far should be taken with a grain of salt. Fed has largely been dominant, though he hasn't played anyone near Djokovic's caliber.
Simon Cambers of The Tennis Space sees that as a significant factor and favors Djokovic if he can ignore the enormity of the situation:
Been thinking about the men's final. Federer has looked great but Djokovic will be his first real test. If he handles pressure, Novak wins— Simon Cambers (@scambers73) July 5, 2014
Federer is far more experienced than Djokovic in Grand Slam finals, but this isn't Djoker's first rodeo by any means. Facing a Wimbledon legend in the final is a new challenge, but it is one that Djokovic seems ready to embrace.
According to Chiara Gambuzza of Tennis World Italia, Djokovic views this as an opportunity to beat arguably the greatest Wimbledon player of all time on Centre Court:
Djokovic:"Roger has immense experience,winning this title many times&being so dominant.Its a chance 4me to try to win on his favourite court— chiara gambuzza (@ChiaraGamTWI) July 5, 2014
The best way to make that happen is for Djokovic to serve efficiently.
Federer has been nearly flawless on the serve throughout this tournament, which means Djokovic can't afford to falter in that regard. Djokovic must also be cognizant of Federer when he decides to serve and volley.
If he can hit accurate passing shots in those scenarios, he'll be in fine shape.
How Federer Can Win
Not only is Federer playing his best tennis in two years, but he is doing it at the tournament he has essentially owned for upwards of a decade. Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam title since taking the Wimbledon championship in 2012, but now is his chance to end that drought.
Many were seemingly unsure whether Federer could ever win another Grand Slam, but the prevailing thought was that it would have to come at Wimbledon. Now that Federer is in this position, he is fully aware that he needs to take advantage.
At 32, Federer isn't necessarily old, but tennis is a young man's game. That is why it is so infrequent for players over 30 to advance this far in major tournaments, according to ESPN Stats and Info:
Roger Federer advances to 9th career Wimbledon final (most all-time). At 32, he's oldest GS finalist since Andre Agassi (2005 US Open).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 4, 2014
Perhaps the best part about this match is that Federer and Djokovic are so evenly matched.
Federer holds a slight statistical advantage, though, as he has more wins on grass—and overall—against Djokovic in head-to-head situations, per SNY's Adam Zagoria:
Who you got in the Men's final tomorrow? Federer leads Djokovic 18-16 overall and 1-0 on grass. Fed has won 2 of last 3.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 5, 2014
Past matches don't necessarily have any impact on the upcoming one, but it goes to show that Federer can and has beaten one of the best players in the world on several occasions. Djokovic has looked vulnerable against lesser players in this tournament—Marin Cilic pushed him to five sets.
Although Cilic is certainly talented, he is no Federer. If he can push Djokovic to the limit, there is no reason Federer can't do the same.
Federer's confidence is through the roof right now, and he is thoroughly enjoying playing the game of tennis, according to Sportsnet.ca's Arash Madani:
Federer: "The fun for me is still being able to do it. At my age, with my family. Fun isn't just after match point. It's the entire package"— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) July 4, 2014
It is easy to enjoy something when you are excelling at it, and there is no question that Federer is on fire right now.
As previously mentioned, Federer's serve has been key throughout his Wimbledon run. He isn't the biggest server around, but he has kept his opponents off-balance and will need to continue doing that against Djokovic.
Nothing works in Federer's favor more than the intangible factor of experience.
Federer has been in this position so many times that he knows how to handle it. If he can get up a set early, and keep his foot on the gas throughout the match, that may represent his best chance of demoralizing Djokovic and winning the match.
Who Will Win
It is difficult to think of two players as evenly matched as Djokovic and Federer.
This contest has all the makings of a five-set affair that will go down to the wire. Either player could conceivably come out on top, but only one will lift the hardware at the end of the day.
Djokovic and Federer know each other quite well, but this differs greatly from their previous meetings. Per ESPN's Chris McKendry, they have met just once previously in a Grand Slam final:
They have played each other 30+ times, but Sunday is only 2nd meeting for Federer and Novak in Grand Slam Final. Last 1 was '07 US Open.— Chris McKendry (@CMCKENDRY_ESPN) July 4, 2014
Who will win the Wimbledon men's singles final?
A Grand Slam final is a totally different animal than any other type of match, so the record book can essentially be thrown out the window. Djokovic may be younger and more athletic, but Federer makes up for that disparity with intelligence and savvy.
If this match goes five sets, Federer has the advantage due to his experience—and because he hasn't been pushed as much as Djokovic in this tournament. Federer is the fresher player, and he will find a way to win his eighth Wimbledon title in a match that will go the distance.
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