We have reached the crucial stage of arguably the most prestigious title in men’s tennis, the Wimbledon final. The match will be played on Sunday 14th June at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. This year sees the return to the final of Roger Federer and he will face the defending champion, Novak Djokovic in what is set to be a grand occasion on Centre Court.
Which of the two legends of the sport will come out on top?
Seeding Holds True
There was some controversy when the seeding was announced for the men’s singles this year but if the final is anything to go by, it has been accurate. We have the number one seed in Novak Djokovic, meeting the second seed, Roger Federer.
The duo has a combined 12 Wimbledon singles titles between them, with Federer leading on 8 which is an all-time record he will be hoping to extend. You must go back to 2015 to find the last time they met in the final and it was Djokovic who came through in four sets.
In fact, the Serbian has won on both occasions the players have met in the Wimbledon final so this will be a first for Federer should the Swiss come out on top.
Djokovic Road to the Final
Novak Djokovic has had little trouble in reaching his fifth Wimbledon final. He completed both his first and second round matches without dropping a set against Philipp Kohlschreiber and Denis Kudla. There was a slight scare in the third round when Djokovic dropped his first set of the tournament against 22-year-old Hubert Hurkacz, meaning the match was tied at one set all.
However, the number one seed upped his game to see out the next two sets comfortably and progress to the fourth round. There was no messing about at this stage of the competition and Djokovic defeated Ugo Humbert in straight sets before facing what was supposed to be his biggest test of the tournament to date against David Goffin in the quarter-final.
Djokovic dropped only 6 games as he cruised to a three-set win and that set-up a semi-final against Roberto Bautista Agut, who was playing in his first Grand Slam semi-final. The Spaniard looked like he could cause a shock when he took the second set to level things up at 1-1 but having shown some frustration, Djokovic responded to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final.
Bet on Djokovic to Win
Federer Road to the Final
Much is made of Federer’s age and many onlookers thought time was finally catching up with him when he lost the first set to Lloyd Harris in the first round. However, Federer responded to the early setback and went on to win the next three sets to move into the second round.
Perhaps the loss of the opening set in the first round helped Federer to focus his mind and get him into the groove. This was certainly the case in the next three rounds of the tournament as Federer defeated Jay Clarke, Lucas Pouille and Matteo Berrettini without dropping a set to reach the quarter-final stage.
The Swiss met Kei Nishikori in the quarter-final and lost the first set 6-4. Much like the first round of the competition, Federer was not disturbed by the loss of the opening set. He showed all his experience to come back and win the next three sets and book his place in the semi-final against old foe and good friend, Rafael Nadal.
This had the makings of a great match and Federer got off to the best possible start by takin the first set in a tie-break. Nadal bounced back superbly to take the second set in style, winning it 6-1 and the momentum appeared to be with the Spaniard. Federer did not panic and produced a fantastic display to win the third set 6-3 before breaking in the fourth set to win it 6-4 and reach the final for the 11th time.
Bet on Federer to Win
Djokovic is aiming to win his 5th Wimbledon men’ singles title which would move him level with Bjorn Borg in the Open Era and three behind Federer. Djokovic knows what it takes to defeat Federer in the Wimbledon final, having done so in both 2014 and 2015. This gives the Serbian the psychological advantage going into the match.
Djokovic also has the physical edge over his opponent and if he brings his best game to the match, should have enough to win the title. Djokovic is the favourite to win the 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles final at 5/9.
Federer has reached his second Wimbledon final in three years. His previous final came against Marin Cilic in 2017 and in truth, Cilic did not put up much of a fight. The occasion seemed to get the better of him and this match is sure to be a much tougher assignment for Federer.
As highlighted above, the Swiss has lost the last two Wimbledon finals he has played against Djokovic and that has got to be playing in the back of his mind. However, Federer will be using all of his experience to try and block that out and concentrate only what he can do in this match.
Nonetheless, Federer is the outsider with the bookmakers, priced at 8/5 to win the match.
Federer has enjoyed another incredible run to reach the 2019 Wimbledon final. There is no doubting his experience and ability to still win matches on this surface, as shown in the semi-final against Nadal.
However, he has yet to face anyone playing close to Djokovic’s level on grass over the past two weeks. This is going to be a step up in quality, even from the semi-final and Djokovic has proven he has what it takes to defeat Federer on the big occasion.
The Swiss will surely take a set off Djokovic, he is too good to lose in straight sets but the number one seed should have too much for the 8-time champion. Djokovic to win in four sets is on offer at 10/3.