Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer to meet in final

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Novak Djokovic will play Sunday in the Wimbledon final. (Getty Images)

Two of the world's best will be on display Sunday at the All England Club, as top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. Federer is in search of his eighth Wimbledon title and 18th Grand Slam victory overall.

Djokovic, who outlasted Grigor Dimitrov Friday morning, will be appearing in his third career Wimbledon final.

"It's always great. We always play good matches against each other," Federer said of Djokovic after his match Friday. "Novak is a great champion and he's been around a long time. He's used to these occasions as well, he knows how to get it done. So I hope it's going to be a good match."

Federer also discussed the magnitude of his legendary prowess at Wimbledon, and the possibility that he could be champion for an eighth time.

"It means a lot, I must say. I'm unbelievably proud every time I can walk to the grounds and play this tournament," he said. "I know I don't have 10 left. The first one in 2003 was a dream come true. To have another chance to go through these emotions is an unbelievable thrill."

Djokovic gets past Dimitrov

A four-set victory by Novak Djokovic over Grigor Dimitrov would typically conjure a fairly easy win for the top player in the world.

Friday's win, however, was anything but that.

Djokovic dispatched of Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, but the No. 1 seed really needed to work for it.

"He deserves respect. It was a tough match. The fourth set could have gone either way," Djokovic told ESPN following the match. "I started well and like the last match against Cilic, I allowed my opponent to come back into the match. Overall I'm just really glad to get to another Wimbledon final."

The men traded the first two sets, then Djokovic was able to win a third-set tiebreaker. The fourth set was nip-and-tuck, and it too would go to a tiebreak.

Dimitrov seemed in control early, winning a 19-shot rally to take a 3-1 lead. He then had three set points, but Djokovic fought back to tie it at 6-all. With the tension mounting, Dimitrov double-faulted, giving Djokovic match point. It was wasted, but Djokovic eventually finished out the match -- with a little help from the net -- and moved into his third career Wimbledon final.

Federer beats Raonic

Things were a bit easier for Grand Slam mainstay Roger Federer, who beat Milos Raonic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Overall in this tournament Federer has been absolutely dominant, dropping serve just once. He only allowed one break point to Raonic, which the Canadian did not convert. He was asked after the match about his near-perfect run through the bracket.

"I played some great tennis under pressure at times. I expect a lot of myself here," he said. "I was happy to get through the first rounds without any problems and second week, I've been able to get better."

Friday's match followed a similar line, as Federer mostly dominated out of the gate and never let Raonic back in the match.

He will face Djokovic Sunday in the final.

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