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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their men's singles semifinal
match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Djokovic won 6-4, 3-
6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7). AP PHOTO
LONDON---Roger Federer and
Novak Djokovic will meet for the
Wimbledon title after the old
guard held off the new in the
semifinals yesterday at the All
Federer, chasing his record
eighth Wimbledon championship,
swept past Canada s Milos Raonic
6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 25th
Grand Slam final.
Federer, who owns 17 major
titles, broke once in each set and
won 61 of 80 points on serve to
make it back to a Slam final for
the first time since winning Wim-
bledon in 2012.
The top-seeded Djokovic ran off
six of the final seven points in the
tiebreaker to beat Grigor Dimitrov
of Bulgaria 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-
6 (7) to advance to his third Wim-
bledon final in four years.
It s also Djokovic s 14th Grand
Slam final --- and 10th in his last
13 majors. Djokovic won the 2011
Wimbledon title and lost in last
year s final to Andy Murray.
The 32-year-old Federer will be
playing in his ninth Wimbledon
final tomorrow. If he wins, he will
hold the outright record for men s
titles, which he currently shares
at seven with Pete Sampras and
Federer would also become the
oldest men s Wimbledon cham-
pion since the Open era began in
1968. The Swiss great has slipped
in the rankings the past two years
and failed to get to any Grand Slam
finals. This could represent his best
chance for another major title.
Federer, who has lost only one
set and been broken just once the
whole tournament, was asked how
much it would mean to lift the
Wimbledon trophy once more.
"A lot," he said. "I must say I m
unbelievably proud every time I
can walk the grounds here and
keep on playing this tournament.
I know I don t have 10 left, so I ll
try to enjoy it as much as I can.
Clearly, the first one was unbe-
lievably special in 2003.
"And that I was able to play so
successful for so many years here
at Wimbledon has been an unbe-
lievable thrill and that I get another
chance to go through these kind
of emotions is great."
Federer s dominance against the
eighth-seeded Raonic was total.
Raonic, the first Canadian man to
reach a Grand Slam semifinal, had
17 aces but also had four double
faults and conceded seven break
points. Federer was clinical
throughout and saved the only
break point he faced.
Federer holds a career 18-16
advantage against Djokovic, but
this will be only their second meet-
ing in a major final. Federer beat
him for the US Open title in 2007.
Overall, Federer has a 6-5 edge in
Grand Slam matches. They ve
faced each other only once before
at Wimbledon, with Federer win-
ning in four sets in the 2012 semi-
"We know each other s games,"
said Djokovic, who will move to
No 1 in the rankings with a victory,
replacing Rafael Nadal.
"We played many matches on
different occasions. We played so
many times in semifinals and finals
of Grand Slams, different surfaces,
big matches over the years. They
were very exciting.
"And, of course, most of the
matches we play against each other
went the distance. So I m going
to be, of course, physically ready
and fit to go the distance this time."
The final matchup means that
one of the so-called "Big Four" in
men s tennis ---Federer, Nadal,
Djokovic or Andy Murray --- will
walk away with a Grand Slam tro-
phy for the 36th time in 38 majors.
One of the four has won Wim-
bledon title the past 11 years, seven
Djokovic, who has lost in his
last two major finals and three of
the past four, is going for his sev-
enth Grand Slam title.
"Of course, there is plenty of
motivation from my side to win
this Grand Slam final after losing
last three out of four," he said. "I
want to try to get the title. It would
mean a lot mentally for me."
The 11th-seeded Dimitrov, with
his girlfriend Maria Sharapova
watching from his guest box on
Centre Court, came in with a 10-
match winning streak and had
been seeking to become the first
Bulgarian to advance to a major
final. He pushed Djokovic to the
limit but hurt his chances with
eight double-faults --- including
three in a row in one game.
The women s final will be played
today, with 2011 champion Petra
Kvitova of the Czech Republic fac-
ing 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard,
the first Canadian to play in a
Grand Slam singles championship
Hamilton back on top,
but stops on track
SILVERSTONE--- Lewis Hamilton
topped the times ahead of Mercedes
team-mate and series leader Nico Ros-
berg yesterday in second practice at
the British Grand Prix.
The 29-year-old Briton, champion
in 2008, clocked a best lap in 1 minute,
34.508 seconds to outpace German
Rosberg, who leads him by 29 points
in the championship, by 0.228 seconds.
But on a warm and windy day
Hamilton then stopped on track with
an engine problem that hit his prepa-
rations for tomorrow s key race, which
he has targeted for victory in a bid to
reboot his title challenge.
Two-time champion Spaniard Fer-
nando Alonso was third quickest for
Alonso was seven seconds down on
the pace-setters, but ahead of the two
Red Bulls of Australian Daniel Ricciardo
and defending four time champion Ger-
man Sebastian Vettel.
They were both more than a second
behind on sheer one lap pace, but
improved their overall pace on the long
runs in the final stages of the long after-
Hamilton came to a halt on track
with a serious engine problem an hour
into the 90-minute session when he
stopped out on the circuit. "Engine
stopped," he said. "Says engine kill, no
He managed only 14 completed laps
compared to Rosberg s 35, but will have
access to the championship leader s
data after the session.
Rosberg leads Hamilton by 29 points
in their personal duel for the title after
eight of this year s 19 races.
Finn Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest
for Williams - having missed the morn-
ing session when his car was briefly
run for just three laps by Susie Wolff,
the first woman to take part in a Grand
Prix for 22 years - ahead of Briton Jen-
son Button in the leading McLaren.
Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen was
eighth fastest in the second McLaren
ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari
and 10th placed Frenchman Jean-Eric
Vergne of Toro Rosso.
Rosberg had topped the times yes-
terday morning ahead of Hamilton in
an opening session in which the main
focus was on the luckless 31-year-old
The Scot at least became the first
woman to take part in a Grand Prix
weekend since 1992, even if she lasted
only three laps before her engine failed
- and only a few minutes later her
Williams team-mate Brazilian Felipe
Massa crashed out of the session. (AP)
Stadler leads French
Open after 2nd round
Kevin Stadler increased his lead at the
French Open golf tournament to three
strokes by shooting a three-under 68
in the second round yesterday.
The American made six birdies and
dropped three shots, including a double
bogey on his last hole, for a 10-under
"I wasn t expecting to play this well
obviously, but I enjoyed the golf course,"
Stadler said. "I thought it was a course
that suited me from the very begin-
Stadler was making his French Open
debut but quickly got a good feel for
this punishing golf course that will host
the Ryder Cup in 2018.
Frenchman Victor Riu (67) was in
second place, two strokes clear of 2012
winner Marcel Siem (72). Defending
champion Graeme McDowell (69) and
US Open champion Martin Kaymer
(68) stayed in contention, respectively
tied for fourth and 11th, while Thomas
Bjorn and George Coetzee missed the
"(If) he keeps playing (like) that, he s
going to be tough to catch," McDowell
said about Stadler.
Stadler had a six-stroke cushion after
16 holes Friday and was on course to
tie the record for the tournament s low-
est score after the first two rounds, set
by Seve Ballesteros with 130 in 1985.
But he failed to find the fairway with
his first three shots on the par-5 No
9, then sent the ball into the bunker
with his fourth.
"Been struggling the last couple
months, but I had a nice week off last
week," Stadler said. "I pretty much just
completely got away from it, didn t
really touch a club other than one day,
and got over here, and just kind of
recharged the batteries a little bit. The
swing flaws kind of disappear when
you don t touch a club too often, and
I felt comfortable from the get-go once
I got here."
Stadler won the Phoenix Open in
February and was in a tie for eighth at
the Masters in April.
Craig Stadler, Kevin s father, won the
Masters in 1982 and shared 22nd place
at the French Open in 1987.
"I just read recently that he played
here," Stadler said. "I didn t know he
played here. So we didn t talk about it
Siem finished the first round one
stroke behind Stadler, but lost further
ground by making five bogeys and four
"The 10-under, when you see that
all day long on the scoreboard this
morning with no wind, I just tried to
keep up there," Siem said. "I just tried
to equalise that. Just tried to shoot 4-
under today. That was the problem.
You have to be very, very patient on
this golf course, otherwise it kills you,
and that s what happened today."
Jose Maria Olazabal, the 2001 cham-
pion, retired because of a back injury.
Federer, Djokovic to meet
in Wimbledon men's final
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