London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Roger Federer sealed a Wimbledon final clash with Novak Djokovic after ousting Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, in Friday’s semifinals at the All England Club.
The 32-year-old Swiss is through to his ninth final at The Championships and is bidding to win an unprecedented eighth title.
Victory would mark his 18th Grand Slam championship win and first since beating Andy Murray on Centre Court two years ago.
“I’m extremely happy to be in another final,” Federer said after beating first-time semifinalist Raonic in one hour and 41 minutes. “It would mean a lot [to win Wimbledon again]. I feel unbelievably proud every time I walk the grounds here.”
Federer will play his 25th Grand Slam final and is the oldest finalist at the All England Club since then 39-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1974.
Federer and Djokovic will square off for the 35th time Sunday. The Swiss leads Djokovic, 18-16, in their head-to-head clash, winning their most recent contest on clay in the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April.
“We always play good matches against each other,” said Federer. “We’ve played each other a lot the past six months, and it’s gone back and forth a bit. Novak is a great champion; he’s used to these occasions.”
Djokovic, for his part, reached his third Wimbledon final in four years as he defeated first-time semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(7).
Djokovic is looking to win his seventh Grand Slam championship and first since the 2013 Australian Open.
The 27-year-old Djokovic has finished runner-up in his past three major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open last year and last month at Roland Garros.
“Considering I have lost the last couple of Grand Slam finals – and I could have won them all – I’m looking forward to it,” Djokovic said. “It will be a big challenge, a big match. Whomever I play, I will have to be on top of my game.”
Djokovic hit 45 winners, including 17 aces, in the three-hour match. Dimitrov actually had more winners but committed 33 unforced errors and eight double faults.