THE REST — 06 July 2012
Federer Defeats Djokavic, Advances to Wimbledon Final

This shouldn’t be happening, should it? Roger Federer has been written off more times than I can remember, but he keeps reminding us why he’s arguably the greatest ever. He just upset Novak Djokavic in the semis of Wimbledon and only needed four sets. In a sport where age is so important, it’s worth note that Federer is a borderline-ancient 30, while Djokavic is just 25.

 Roger Federer advanced to his record eighth Wimbledon final on Friday, beating defending champion Novak Djokivic in four sets.

The six-time champion defeated Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 under a closed roof on Centre Court and is one victory from equaling two other records in an already record-laden career.

“This is what you want to be playing for — the Wimbledon trophy,” Federer said. “I’ve got a tough task ahead of me.”

If Federer beats Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfreied Tsonga in Sunday’s final, he will equal Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles, a mark he shares with 1880s player William Renshaw.

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