Djokovic aims to ride the wave of love in Federer final

Djokovic aims to ride the wave of love in Federer final

Love is not a word generally associated with Novak Djokovic when watching the world number one on a tennis court, but, according to the man himself, it is what could be the key as he gets set to face Roger Federer in Sunday's Wimbledon final.

A year ago Djokovic ended a run of three defeats in grand slam finals to recapture the Wimbledon title by beating Federer 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-4 in a five-set epic on Centre Court.

Now the same man stands in the way of the Serbian winning the ninth grand slam of his career in the showpiece at the All England Club.

And Djokovic – who since his 2014 success has got married, won the Australian Open and become a father – feels the positive emotions he has experienced in the last 12 months will play a factor in a mouth-watering contest.

Asked about last year's final with Federer, Djokovic said: "It was a very important match for me to win last year in Wimbledon final because I've lost quite a few grand slam finals.  

"You know, I was on the verge to win. Roger came back. We went down the wire in the fifth. 

"To win that match in five sets against Roger on grass was definitely something that gave me a lot of confidence. Few days after that, I got married. 

"That was more than a few things that happened in a positive way in my life. Of course, I became a father as well, entered a new dimension of joy and happiness and love. 

"I'm trying to stay on that wave as much as I can and hopefully I can do well on Sunday."

Djokovic is perhaps the only player in world tennis who presents a more fearsome challenge than Federer, who heads into the match having shown that age is just a number for the 33-year-old with a flawless performance in the semi-final with 2013 champion Andy Murray.

Having lost just one break of serve in the entire tournament, Federer once again has the air of invincibility he has possessed for much of a storied career that has seen him win 17 grand slam titles, with seven coming at Wimbledon.

Federer's progress has been nothing short of serene, but the Swiss is all too aware that the final is likely to be anything but comfortable.

"It's great to play Novak anywhere these days, you know, because he's a great player," Federer said. "He's had great success, unbelievable success actually, throughout his career.

"But especially now the last few years, he's been unbelievably dominant, especially on the hard courts, then he improved on the grass. On the clay, he's one of the best, if not the best. 

"He's become very match tough. He always shows up. It's tough to beat him. I need to keep it [my level] up for one more match to really make it the perfect couple of weeks."

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