Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer: Wimbledon men’s singles final – live!

Quote of the tournament: “If. If. If. Doesn’t exist” – Rafael Nadal, 4 July 2019. The Spaniard had just been asked whether Nick Kyrgios is capable of winning a grand slam if he focuses on tennis and his answer offered a telling insight into the mindset of a champion. Put simply, Nadal doesn’t deal in what ifs and maybes. He deals in cold, hard facts and was in no mood to indulge all the ifs surrounding Kyrgios. If. If. If. Doesn’t exist. The contempt flies off the screen, doesn’t it?

And this is the truth before today’s men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Ultimately we know that the last point is all that matters – but we all have ideas about the journey Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will take to get there. So if Federer hits his spots with his serves - like he did against Nadal - he could well win his ninth Wimbledon title. If he goes for the lines in the rallies, he’ll be in with a chance of beating the world No1. If his backhand doesn’t break down, he could overcome the Serbian cyborg for the first time at a grand slam since their 2012 Wimbledon semi-final. And if he holds his nerve in the big moments, this year’s Wimbledon champion could be a father of four who turns 38 next month.

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