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Federer downs Djokovic

2012-07-06 16:37

London - Six-time champion Roger Federer reached a record eighth Wimbledon final on Friday when he defeated world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

In the pair's 27th meeting but first on grass, Federer booked his place in his 24th Grand Slam final where he will face either Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Victory on Sunday will take the 30-year-old level with Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon wins, allow him to reclaim the world number one ranking and clinch a 17th career Grand Slam crown.

Djokovic, who was bidding to reach a fifth successive Grand Slam final, had defeated Federer six times in their last seven meetings.

But Federer, playing in a record 23rd successive major semi-final, was not to be denied as he buried the heartache of having been knocked out in the quarter-finals in the last two years.

He also took his record of semi-final victories to eight out of eight at the All England Club.

With Indian cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar and pop singer Kylie Minogue watching from the Royal Box, Federer provided the early entertainment by easing to the first set in just 24 minutes.

The Swiss earned the break point he needed in the sixth game when Djokovic, who fell on the surface made slippy by the closed roof above, could only net a running backhand.

A shout from the crowd then caused Djokovic to check his service motion and Federer pounced with a low return which the Serb could only dump into the net.

Federer served up two successive aces in the ninth game to lay the foundation for wrapping up the opening set.

Djokovic, who came back from two sets to love down to beat Federer in the semi-finals of the US Open last year, hit back in the second set, breaking with a razor-sharp backhand down the line for a 2-0 lead.

The match was level when the champion fired his fifth ace of the contest to take the second set.

A Djokovic double fault then gave Federer break point in the sixth game of the third which the Serb saved after a brutal, 23-shot rally.

Another fierce exchange, this time 26 shots, gave Federer a second break point but Djokovic's iron defence kept him level at 3-3.

However, Federer carved out two set points in the 10th game when Djokovic missed an easy overhead.

The champion saved the first but Federer converted the second with a leaping smash into an open court.

Federer was suddenly and comfortably on top, capitalising on a loose Djokovic service game to break for a 2-0 lead in the fourth set.

Djokovic was under siege and fought off three break points to hang on at 4-2 down.

But Federer claimed victory in the ninth game on his first match point when Djokovic netted a service return.

AFP

Comments
  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-06 16:41

    What form RF... Comm'n Tsonga!!!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-06 16:45

      Novak never stood a chance.

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-06 16:47

      RF is probably sitting there saying to himself...next

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-06 16:52

      Well if he plays like that in the Final he walk it easily... He was daemon today...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-06 16:52

      Whoever he plays in the final should be a cake walk.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-06 16:55

      Now for the Murray game..just saw his mom on tv almost fainted with the puke in my mouth...

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-06 17:31

      Murray could use a lesson. Basically got a bye into the final with Rafa getting knocked out early. He will not stand a chance against the sheer professionalism, style and genius of Roger. I can really see the British crowd having divided loyalties should the Scot make the final. Cream him Roger.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-06 17:34

      With or without the strawberries.

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-06 16:43

    Go Roger!!!

  • jono.qmann - 2012-07-06 16:44

    Millionwats....were u pal??? Djoko and Nadal who?????? please make way for Fedex Expresscchhhhh (just try and wistle the last bit, makes it so much better lol) Millionwats...this is were you appologise to all those people who told you that you were wrong and you waisted there time! something like this...i am sorry to al the Federer fans, he is the greatest of all time and i was wrong, please accept my appology and next time i will rather study than share my thought! Federer well done you legend and Djoko please..... GO SIT!!!!!!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-06 16:48

      Unlike you guys I won't make excuses for Djokovic. That was Vintage Federer right there. SHAKE HANDS.

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-06 17:11

      cause djoko has no excuses...the only excuse he has is he played Federer.

      mgcinosh - 2012-07-07 00:57

      No I don't believe this , the only way RF could have won is if he's asked chuck norris to play for him

  • zayd.halim - 2012-07-06 16:48

    Pure class! What a legend.

  • efgous - 2012-07-06 16:58

    Like if Federer is the reason you starting watching tennis in the first place!! Federer you beaut!!!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-06 17:02

      and your point?

  • Provence - 2012-07-06 17:12

    GO RF

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-06 17:17

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king. Roger Federer!!!

  • nickwill.reen - 2012-07-06 17:18

    King Federer!!! I love u man, u made my weekend.....yeahhhhhhhhhhh

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-06 17:25

    The man is a living legend. I salute him.

  • tshandazenzile - 2012-07-06 18:36

    Brilliant, that's all I wanted from this gentleman (Federer), to beat the hell out of Djokovic, thank you!

  • stanley.marries - 2012-07-06 19:08

    The champ is back..whoop whoop!!

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-07-06 19:30

    The King Federer...

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