Federer 'must take it up a level to beat Djokovic'

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bbc.comRoger Federer must "take it up a level" to beat Novak Djokovic and claim a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title, says three-time champion John McEnroe.Swiss Federer, 37, produced a stellar performance to beat long-time rival Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.Serbia's defending champion and world number one Djokovic, 32, is seen as the favourite by many to win a fifth title.
"Djokovic is a human backboard," American great McEnroe said."It is going to be a tough task."Top seed Djokovic, 32, has won three of the past four Grand Slams, while Federer's most recent major triumph came at the 2018 Australian Open.Federer, the second seed, has won Wimbledon more times than any other man and will equal Martina Navratilova's all-time record with a ninth triumph.It is the first Wimbledon final between the top two men's seeds since Djokovic and Federer met in 2015.The pair are meeting for the 48th time in their illustrious careers - only Djokovic and Nadal have played more often.
How they reached the final
Djokovic and Federer have looked on top of their grass-court games on their way to the final.Djokovic has dropped only two sets, although he has not faced an opponent seeded in the top 20.

Up until his three-hour battle against Nadal, Federer had only dropped sets against Japan's eighth seed Kei Nishikori and, more surprisingly, South African debutant Lloyd Harris in the opening round.

What they say about each other
Djokovic on Federer: "We all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here. This surface complements his game very much. "He loves to play very fast. He takes away the time from his opponent."He just rushes you to everything. So for players maybe like Nadal or myself that like to have a little more time, it's a constant pressure that you have to deal with."I've played with Roger in some epic finals here a couple years in a row, so I know what to expect."

Djokovic beat Federer when they met in the 2015 Wimbledon finalFederer on Djokovic:"If I think of Novak, one thing that jumps out at me, is his jump back and to the left."It's how he's able to defend on that side, which I think has won him numerous matches and trophies. "He does that better than anybody. Nobody else really has it as consistent and good as he has."
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