Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic: What's on the line in Wimbledon final
Seven-time champion Roger Federer and 2011 winner Novak Djokovic will play in the Wimbledon final on Sunday (9 a.m. ET, ESPN). This will be the 35th edition of their rivalry but only their second meeting in a Grand Slam championship match.
Federer, 32, the fourth seed, leads the head-to-head 18-16 and has won their only encounter on grass, a four-set victory in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals. Djokovic, 27, the top seed and world No. 2, will be contesting his third Wimbledon final in the last four years.
Both men have plenty at stake as the third Grand Slam tournament of the year concludes. Here's a look at what's on the line:
If Roger Federer wins ...
• He would win his 18th Grand Slam title, extending his record and putting him four ahead of second-place Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras.
• He would join Nadal (who has nine French Open titles) as the only men to win eight titles at any Grand Slam event.
• He would win his first major title since Wimbledon in 2012.
• He would become the oldest Wimbledon men's champion in the Open era (which began in 1968).
If Novak Djokovic wins ...
• He would regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time since September 2013.
• He would win his seventh Grand Slam title and first since the 2013 Australian Open.
• He would snap a three-match losing streak in major finals, one shy of the Open era record.
• He would equal Nadal with a tour-leading four titles this year.