Wimbledon 2019: How to watch Roger Federer vs

The two great mates share a heartfelt embrace after the thrilling encounter

The two great mates share a heartfelt embrace after the thrilling encounter

Roger Federer greets Rafael Nadal after beating him in a Men's singles semifinal match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Friday.

The Swiss superstar defeated long-term rival Rafael Nadal in the semis by three sets to one.

JW: Heart says Federer, mind says Djokovic in four.

"It is going to be a tough task".

Waiting for Federer in the men's final is 32-year-old Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Novak Djokovic, left, shows off the winner's trophy after defeating Roger Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon 2014. Djokovic won both of those previous matchups, in 2014 and 2015.

Djokovic has only dropped two sets on his way to the final. Although he lost a set against Lloyd Harris in the first round, he went on to win his remaining matches without losing a single set, until he met Kei Nishikori.

"Federer, you know, we all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here", he said. The match was played at a very high level.

These days, given their respective ages, you can't help but think 'is this the last time?' when Federer and Nadal take the court together. Just doesn't give you any same looks. "For players like Nadal or myself that like to have a little more time, it's a constant pressure that you have to deal with".

"I've played with Roger in some epic finals here a couple years in a row, so I know what to expect".

'I'm excited about the game against Novak.

"He does that better than anybody".

Can Djokovic close the gap on Federer in the "GOAT" race?

Djokovic will be competing in his sixth Wimbledon final as a four-time champion with only one loss to Britain's Andy Murray in 2013.

In his career Djokovic has won a total of 74 titles, including 15 Slams (4 Wimbledon, 7 Australian Open, 3 US Open, 1 Roland Garros).

This is the pair's third meeting in the title match at the All England Club.

His pursuit of Federer and Nadal is made more remarkable by the fact he won his first major in 2008 - when Federer had claimed 13 and Nadal five - and only added a second three years later.

Djokovic is playing in his 25th Grand Slam final while Federer has played six more.

Still, it'll take that and more to get past the No. 1-seeded Djokovic, who is up to his usual body-bending, grind-it-out excellence at the baseline, even winning a 45-stroke point while eliminating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.

What remains to be seen is how he would respond when tested by a premier grass court specialist.

Federer's fans inside Centre Court and those massed on "Henman Hill" watching the drama unfold on the giant screen need not have anxious though as the second seed proved he had plenty left in the tank.

DR: I'm with Jon, he's going to have to keep his head about him. It's been a rock solid year (for me)... the stars are aligned right now.

What I really respect about Novak Djokovic is that he inspires himself [by geeing up the crowd] and plays better. That's what really matters. "That's probably the most hard thing to make happen, and he is able to do it so well".

Can Federer do it? He'll win in four sets. The crowd will be massively on his side.

"I had my chances".

Djokovic will stay as world number one regardless of Sunday's outcome, while Federer will rise to second in the rankings if he wins.

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