Federer bids for eight title
Roger Federer bids for eight title today against Novak Djokavic on the famous Wimbledon centre court.
Federer secured a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic in the semi-finals on Friday to book a place in the final, where he will take on top seed Novak Djokovic.
The Swiss star has seven titles at SW19 to date, having last won at the All England Club in 2012, and shares the record for most titles won with American legend Pete Sampras.
Victory on Sunday would see Federer claim the record outright and the 17-time Grand Slam champion is delighted to have fought his way through to the final.
“That (winning an eighth title) would mean a lot I must say, I’m unbelievably proud to keep walking the grounds and still be playing here,” he said.
“The first was so special in 2003, it was a dream come true. That I’ve been so successful for so many years has been an unbelievable thrill, and that I get another chance for success here, it’s just great.”
Federer has lost just once in a Wimbledon final, to Rafael Nadal in 2008, but he admits he will have to be at his best to overcome 2011 champion Djokovic, who suffered defeat to Andy Murray in last year’s final.
He added: “It’s always great; we always play good matches against each other. Novak is a great champion, he’s been around for a long time now and is used to these occasions. “He knows how to get it done, so I hope it’s going to be a good match.”
In 34 meetings with Djokovic, dating back to 2006, Federer leads the head-to-heads 18-16.
“It’s really important for me to stay aggressive against him, and especially here at Wimbledon,” said Federer. “Novak can hurt you down the line or cross-court on both sides. “His forehand, his serve, his movement clearly is what stands out the most at the moment. He’s really been able to improve that and make it rock solid.”
Top seed Djokovic’s first Grand Slam final appearance ended in defeat to Federer at the 2007 US Open. Two years ago at Wimbledon, Federer beat Djokovic in four sets in the semi-finals on his way to winning a seventh title.
“We played many matches on many occasions, but only once on grass,” said Djokovic. “Most of the matches we played against each other went the distance, so I am going to be physically ready and fit to go the distance.
“Against Federer, the key will be to try not to allow him to dictate too much because he likes to be very aggressive. “He likes to come to the net and I’m going to have to be able to get as many returns back in the court as possible and stay close to the lines.
“Roger has immense experience, winning this title so many times and being so dominant in men’s tennis for a decade. “But it’s a good chance for me to try to win against him on his favourite surface, on his favourite court.”
Djokovic, 27, came from a set down to beat Marin Cilic in five sets in the quarter-finals, and saved four set points to avoid going into a fifth set against Dimitrov.
The six-time Grand Slam winner has lost five of his past six Grand Slam finals.
“There is plenty of motivation from my side to win this final – it would mean a lot mentally for me,” he said. “I’ve been going through some tough matches in this tournament, but I’m going to try to use that experience in a positive way.”
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What’s your strategy for tennis betting…….
Here’s some suggestions as to how can we profit from the fact that men’s tennis is a best of five sets in the major tournaments?
- Lay the player with the shortest odds in the Set Betting market, to win 3-0. Out of 15 matches played on 25 June, 11 of the matches finished without a 3-0 sets win to the shortest-priced player. (Do some basic research perhaps to hone in on matches where both players are likely to win a set. For example, Bernard Tomic and Thomas Berdych played each other at Wimbledon last year, and the first two sets were 7-6 and 6-7 – both players shared the first two very tight sets. Surely there is a reasonable argument for both players to win a set when they met in 2014’s Wimbledon.)
- Wait for a seeded player to find himself one or two sets down at a critical time in the match. In the examples above, Monfils was two sets to nil down. This is a critical time. IF he does not win the next set he is out of Wimbledon. Similarly, if Rafael Nadal is a set and a break of serve down, he needs to fix this as he will then be two sets down and having to win the next three sets to survive.
Ladies’ tennis is better for laying the first set winner, when the first set winner is not the short priced favourite. There is a real urgency in ladies’ tennis as it is a match which is the first to two sets.
If a short-priced favourite loses the first set, she (and other short-priced favourites) will generally win the second set. You can profit by laying the under-dog when a set up, or back the favourite when a set down, and trade out when they wins the second set (for more information on trading and Betfair, go to……. Betfair Trading
Who do YOU fancy….Federer or Djokavic??…….