Wimbledon 2019: Men's Final Start Time, Schedule, Prediction and Prize Money

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2019

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on July 13, 2019 shows Serbia's Novak Djokovic (L) celebrates during his men's singles second round match on the third day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships on July 3, 2019 and Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrating after winning a point during his men's singles third round match on the sixth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships on July 6, 2019 in Wimbledon, southwest London. - Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Roger Federer will play against each other in the men's singles final match of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships on July 14, 2019. (Photos by Ben STANSALL and GLYN KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
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Top seed Novak Djokovic takes on eight-time champion Roger Federer in the 2019 Wimbledon men's singles final on Sunday.

Djokovic is chasing a fifth title at SW19. Federer was at his vintage best in eliminating Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach his first Wimbledon final since 2017. The Serb defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals.

According to the WTA's official website, the winner of the competition will collect £2.35 million, which is a £100,000 increase from last year. The runner-up will receive £1.175 million.

                 

Date: Sunday, July 14

Time: 2 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET

TV Info: BBC One (UK), ESPN (U.S.)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, ESPN Player

Prediction: Federer to win in five sets.

                   

Preview

Djokovic came into the competition as the favourite and world No. 1, but he must now beat a player making his 12th appearance in a Wimbledon final. Federer is the modern-day king of SW19, and his prowess on grass has been unmatched during his 21-year career.

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The Swiss has watched Djokovic overtake him and Nadal as the sport's main men in recent years, but the 37-year-old remains a top contender at peak fitness.

Djokovic is the reigning champion, and he has not been fully tested at this year's competition. The Serb dropped a set each to Hubert Hurkacz in third round and against Bautista Agut in the semi-finals, but the top seed has cantered through against all of his opponents.

Federer experienced a tougher path to the final and was forced to overcome No. 8 seed Kei Nishikori and No. 3 seed Nadal. However, the 20-time Grand Slam winner has dominated challengers and found ways to win.

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Djokovic has a 25-22 head-to-head lead over Federer over the course of their careers, and the Swiss has not beaten the Serb in a best-of-five-sets meeting since the 2012 Wimbledon semi-final.

According to Mikael McKenzie of the Daily Express, Federer believes he must get his recovery right before Sunday and focus on a game plan to win the final:

"I don't think there's much I need to do in terms of practice.

"This is like a school: the day of the test you're not going to read, I don't know, how many books that day. You don't have the time anyhow.

"I don't have much energy to go train very much right now.

"Honestly, it's about recovery, hitting some balls, warming up the next day. But it's more in the tactics."

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Both men have the potential to run away with another Wimbledon crown, but with so little to choose from between them, a classic encounter is expected.

Federer is five years older, but the draw meant he had to face a series of tough opponents. Djokovic has yet to tackle similar quality. The two legends know each other inside out, but Federer's harder run and greater experience on Centre Court give him a minor advantage.

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