London: Roger Federer, 32, seven-time champion at Wimbledon, will aim to become the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, eclipsing Arthur Ashe who won in 1975 at 31.
Federer during a practice session on Saturday. Pic/AFP.
Novak Djokovic, winner in 2011, is bidding to win his seventh grand slam title. Last year, he fell at the final hurdle — losing to Andy Murray.
This year, Djokovic started working with three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, who used to call Centre Court his “Back yard court”. On the other side, Federer has two-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg in his corner. It would be interesting to see how these past champions tutor their pupils to win today.
Federer highlighted Djokovic’s prowess from the back of the court. “We both like to hit from the baseline and to take charge. He has a wonderful way of either redirecting or taking the ball early, taking pace from the opponent, even generating some of his own. Novak can hurt you down the line or cross court on both sides, he has really improved through the years and it’s really important for me to stay aggressive,” said Federer.
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