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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in men's Wimbledon final

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet for the third time at Wimbledon in this year's final, a replay of last year's, which the Serbian won in a thrilling five setter.

The defending champion defeated Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in this Sunday's final, whilst seven-time champion Federer put on a masterful performance to beat world number three Andy Murray 7-5 7-5 6-4.

Novak Djokovic 

The world number 1 is looking for his ninth major title and is proving year after year with consistency that he is the current and future star of men's tennis. The 28-year-old started the year winning the Australian open for the fifth time and was a finalist in the French open, which remains the only grand slam Djokovic has been unable to win.

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There has most definitely been a change in the waters over the last few years as Djokovic has come out of the shadows from behind Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Murray to prove his dominance on all major playing surfaces.

Five Australian opens, two Wimbledon's and one US open, now he has the chance to claim a third SW19 crown which would overtake Nadal's two slams on grass. The ever-passionate Djokovic meets the ever hungry Federer though, who is chasing a record of his own.

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Roger Federer 

The 17 time grand slam winner Federer can win his eighth title at SW19 on Sunday, which would make him the most decorated men's singles champion at Wimbledon.

The media were convinced after his last major (Wimbledon 2012) that the Swiss maestro would possibly show signs of ageing, but despite his last slam win being three years ago, the 33-year-old has continued to display elite performances and cement his number two ranking in the world.

The showcase in his semi-final match against Murray was masterful, not dropping a set and serving strongly throughout. After suffering an epic final defeat to Nadal in a thrilling five set match in 2008, fans thought the passing of the torch had started, where a new reign would take place.

Federer however has consistently showed his hunger and determination and shows no signs of wanting to end the game yet. A record eighth for the best tennis player ever? The much adored Federer will be supported massively on centre court.

Head to Head 

The two giants of tennis have an exceptionally close head-to-head record. At Wimbledon it's 1-1, with Federer winning the 2012 semi-final and most recently Djokovic winning last year's final. In all meetings the 33-year-old edges it, with 20 victories to the Serbian's 19. In all competition finals though the younger defending champion is ahead 9-5.

The head-to-head record can be thrown out of the window for this Sunday's encounter; both men top the world rankings and will put every inch of energy into emerging the victor. As a result a five setter is almost definitely guaranteed, an exciting rivalry of elite sportsmen always entertaining.

If Djokovic wins it's by no means a passing of the throne but just a cementing of dominance from a star who may continue to break records himself in the future. Federer is a legend of SW19 and an eighth crown would be so fitting to such a decorated career.

There's not much more history to make in the Swiss's illustrious tennis tenure, but being the stand-out performer at Wimbledon is definitely an achievement he wants.

This Sunday, regardless of what happens and who wins, you can be certain that its going to be a classic.

Tennis fans, who are you backing tomorrow? Let us know in the comments box below whether it's Djokovic or Federer.

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Wimbledon
ATP World Tour Finals
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