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Federer, Djokovic face off

Sunday, July 06, 2014

LONDON - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the Wimbledon title after the old guard held off the new in the semifinals Friday 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 slam titles, is back in a major 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 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7) to advance to his third Wimbledon final in four years.

It's also Djokovic's 14th grand slam final and 10th in his last 13 majors

Six-time grand slam champion Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon winner, will be playing in his third All England Club final in four years, but the 27-year-old has lost seven of his 13 finals at the majors, including five of the past six.

The pair will be playing for the 35th time in their eight-year rivalry while Sunday's final will be their 11th meeting at the grand slam level.

Only once have they met at Wimbledon when Federer won their 2012 semi-final in four sets and only once before have they clashed in a grand slam final at the 2007 US Open where Djokovic, making his first appearance in a final at the majors, lost in straight sets as the Swiss captured a fourth successive title in New York.

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