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Djokovic v Federer preview

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The world's two best players Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet on Sunday on Centre Court to once again battle for the Wimbledon title. 

Mocking the ageing process, Federer will attempt to become the oldest champion at Wimbledon in the professional era by beating Djokovic in a repeat of last year's final.

The soon to be 34-year-old is playing in his 10th Wimbledon final, and has been in magnificent form, conceding only one set, one service game and on Friday producing a jaw-dropping demonstration of his sublime game when crushing Andy Murray.

Federer, who won the last of his 17 Grand Slam titles here against Murray in 2012, said he was applauded all the way to the locker room after beating Murray 7-5 7-5 6-4.

If he beats world number one Djokovic on Sunday, in their 40th career meeting, he would win a record-extending eighth Wimbledon title.

"I need to keep it up for one more match to really make it the perfect couple of weeks," said Federer, who would be three years older than Arthur Ashe when he won the title in 1975.

Whether the second seed can reach the same dizzy heights he achieved against Murray will be the key to the outcome - anything less will probably not be enough against a player eyeing a third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam crown.              

Djokovic, who would equal his coach Boris Becker's three Wimbledon titles, trails Federer 19-20 in head-to-heads and knows playing him at Wimbledon is the ultimate challenge.

"This is where he loves to play. This is where he plays his best tennis. The Centre Court of Wimbledon, seven titles. It's his court. He loves it," said the Serb.

"He usually rises up to the occasion. He's always playing his toughest when it matters the most. That's why he's a big champion. We all know how good he is. He's the greatest ever. There are not enough compliments for what he does."

Mutual respect will be put on hold, though, on Sunday when the Centre Court crowd, whose allegiance was split when Murray faced Federer, will be cheering loudest for the Swiss.

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