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Thursday 19 October 2017

Djokovic and Federer scale semis to seal Wimbledon showpiece

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the Wimbledon title after the old guard held off the new in the semi-finals at the All England Club.

Federer, chasing his record eighth Wimbledon championship, swept past Canada's Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 25th Grand Slam final.

Federer, who owns 17 major titles, broke once in each set and won 61 of 80 points on serve to make it back to a Slam final for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2012.

The top-seeded Djokovic ran off six of the final seven points in the tiebreaker to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) to advance to his third Wimbledon final in four years.

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It's also Djokovic's 14th Grand Slam final - and 10th in his last 13 majors. Djokovic won the 2011 Wimbledon title and lost in last year's final to Andy Murray.

The 32-year-old Federer will be playing in his ninth Wimbledon final tomorrow. If he wins, he will hold the outright record for men's titles, which he currently shares at seven with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.

Asked how much it would mean to lift the Wimbledon trophy once more, Federer said: "A lot. I must say I'm unbelievably proud every time I can walk the grounds here and keep on playing this tournament.

"I know I don't have 10 left, so I'll try to enjoy it as much as I can. Clearly, the first one was unbelievably special in 2003.

"And that I was able to play so successful for so many years here at Wimbledon has been an unbelievable thrill and that I get another chance to go through these kind of emotions is great."

"We know each other's games," said Djokovic, who will move to No. 1 in the rankings with a victory, replacing Rafael Nadal.

"We played many matches on different occasions. We played so many times in semifinals and finals of Grand Slams, different surfaces, big matches over the years. They were very exciting. I'm going to be, of course, physically ready and fit to go the distance this time."

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