Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer: Wimbledon 2014 LIVE - Live coverage - The Independent

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer: Wimbledon 2014 LIVE


Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the 2014 Wimbledon men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the All England Tennis Club. Follow the latest news and updates with Charles Reynolds, with Federer aiming for grand slam No 18 and Djokovic looking to win at SW19 for just the second time.


  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the 2014 Wimbledon men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the All England Tennis Club.
    7/6/2014 11:23:44 AM
  • 7/6/2014 11:38:32 AM


  • Can Roger Federer win his 17th Grand Slam title today? The Swiss star is confident his game ‘is back to where I hoped it would be’ - read the full story from Paul Newman by clicking HERE
    7/6/2014 12:03:35 PM
  • Big day for Roger Federer who, at the age of 32 years and 332 days, is bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon men's champion in the Open era and claim a record eighth title at the All England Club.
    7/6/2014 12:06:58 PM

  • Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil upset the Bryan brothers to win the Men's doubles final yesterday  


    7/6/2014 12:18:37 PM


  • Petra Kvitova was victorious in the women's singles final 



    7/6/2014 12:22:02 PM
  • Between the two men's finalists, Roger Federer leads the career head-to-head 18-16. However Djokovic has won 10 of the previous 15 meetings.

    Djokovic has had the more taxing route to the final, spending 15 hours on court so far, while Federer has had to play for just 10 hours in this year's competition.
    7/6/2014 12:28:01 PM
  • An 18th Grand Slam title would extend Federer's lead over Nadal and Pete Sampras (14 each). It would also draw him level with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, but still six behind Margaret Court.

    This is the first Grand Slam final since the 2009 US Open not to feature either Nadal or Andy Murray.

    The champion will receive £1.76m in prize money, while the runner-up collects £880,000.
    7/6/2014 12:33:45 PM



  • 7/6/2014 12:35:12 PM
  • Djokovic on Federer: "Every rivalry that I have with these guys is special and unique in its own way. Of course, I respect Roger and everything he has achieved in his career as a player. To come back and play finals of Wimbledon again, it's incredible what he's doing. But, again, when we come to the court, that ends. I'm there to win, whoever is across the net.

    "The key against him in the game is trying to not allow him to dictate too much because he likes to be very aggressive, he likes to come to the net. I'm going to have to be able to get as many returns back in the court and try to also stay closer to the line, protect the baseline."

    Federer on Djokovic: "We didn't come through the rankings together, so I was established while he was coming up. We saw each other in a different light than we see each other today when we're both ranked high, we both achieved a lot. Things have clearly changed over time. Ever since he's won Grand Slams and became world number one, it's been a cool rivalry.

    "His forehand, his serve, his movement is what stands out the most at this moment now. He's really been able to improve that and make it rock solid. It's really important to stay aggressive against him."

    7/6/2014 12:41:25 PM
  • Less than 15 minutes to go and Prince William has arrived, perhaps that's why Jimmy Connors is wearing a natty royal blue jacket.

    7/6/2014 12:49:39 PM
  • This match also sees two old rivals go head to head in the coaching stakes, with Stefan Edberg (Federer's coach) facing off against Boris Becker (Djokovic's)
    7/6/2014 12:52:13 PM
  • Seems to be lots of love for Jimmy Connors' jacket...



    Even Laura Robson has been getting involved... 

    7/6/2014 12:56:33 PM
  • The players are making their way out onto court, being led through the corridors at this moment...
    7/6/2014 12:59:14 PM
  • David Beckham has been spotted in the crowd, Chris Hoy as well. It's sunny today, so the roof is off at the moment. 
    7/6/2014 1:03:19 PM
  • There is some British involvement in this final, it's being umpired by James Keothavong, brother of Anne.
    7/6/2014 1:10:02 PM
  • We're just about to start, Djokovic to serve first.
    7/6/2014 1:10:40 PM
  • Djokovic 1-0 Federer*
    Fairly easy first service game for Djokovic, Federer just managing to take one point off the Serbian.

    7/6/2014 1:13:47 PM
  • *Djokovic 1-1 Federer
    Couple of big early serves from Federer puts him 30-0 up, but he fails to put away a relatively easy volley and then loses out in a long rally when Djokovic sends him to the back of the court with a lob and then follows up with delicate backhand to make it 30-30. The Serbian then takes the game to deuce, but Federer wins the next two points easily and holds serve. Djokovic making him work though.
    7/6/2014 1:16:54 PM

  • Great facial hair from Hugh Jackman in the crowd


    7/6/2014 1:18:42 PM
  • Djokovic 2-1 Federer*
    Another easy service game for Djokovic, not looking under threat much at this stage. 
    7/6/2014 1:19:34 PM

  • Samuel L Jackson is also in the crowd 


    7/6/2014 1:20:00 PM


  • 7/6/2014 1:20:37 PM
  • *Djokovic 2-2 Federer
    Federer holds serve much more easily this time, he went 0-15 down, but then won the next four points emphatically to take the game. Everything on serve so far, but Djokovic looking in fairly ominous form for Federer fans.
    7/6/2014 1:23:41 PM
  • Djokovic 3-2 Federer*
    A love service game from Djokovic. The Serbian not really being troubled by Federer on his own serve. He's started very well.
    7/6/2014 1:24:54 PM
  • *Djokovic 3-3 Federer
    Federer holds serve once more, although the highlight of the game undoubtedly was Djokovic's superb passing shot return that beat Federer on his inside. Great shot.
    7/6/2014 1:28:21 PM
  • Djokovic 4-3 Federer*
    Another easy service game for Djokovic, only slightly marred by his first double fault of the match. However it doesn't seem to effect him too much as he closed out the game the next point.
    7/6/2014 1:30:40 PM
  • *Djokovic 4-4 Federer
    Federer is pegged back to deuce by Djokovic, put closes out the game emphatically, first with a booming serve that his opponent can only just get his racket on and then winning the next point with a stylish sweeping forehand out of Djokovic's reach.
    7/6/2014 1:36:01 PM
  • Djokovic 5-4 Federer*
    This looks like being some match, as the two run through a never-ending rally - trading slice shots back and forth. Then Djokovic makes an unforced error, giving Federer a glimmer of hope at 15-30, but Djokovic produces some big serves and holds.
    7/6/2014 1:39:38 PM



  • 7/6/2014 1:40:35 PM
  • *Djokovic 5-5 Federer
    Federer being made to work harder to hold serve here.. The two play another superb rally, this one 23 shots long, with the scores at 30-30 and then another 19-shot rally with the game at deuce. What a game this is already!
    7/6/2014 1:43:53 PM
  • Djokovic 6-5 Federer*
    Federer puts Djokovic under a bit of pressure on his serve this time, forcing the game to deuce, with a great passing shot down the line. However the Serbian holds on and it stays on serve.
    7/6/2014 1:49:39 PM


  • 7/6/2014 1:50:11 PM
  • TIE BREAK: Djokovic 6-6 Federer
    Federer holds his serve and the first set will go to a tie-break. Who will come out on top?
    7/6/2014 1:53:02 PM
  • Roger Federer takes the first set - Djokovic 6-7 0-0 Federer*
    Federer takes an early lead in the tie break, but is pegged back by Djokovic who then takes the lead himself, going 6-5 up to gain a set point. However Federer dominates the next rally and forces Djokovic to hit wide with a forehand. Federer though gives his opponent a second set point, hitting a return tamely into the net, but Djokovic can't take it as Federer produces two big serves to get a set point of his own. Then Djokovic smashes a return into the net and Federer wins the first set!
    7/6/2014 2:04:18 PM



  • 7/6/2014 2:07:56 PM





  • 7/6/2014 2:08:20 PM
  • *Djokovic 6-7 0-1 Federer
    Federer opens up the second set, and Djokovic gets two break points, but Federer takes him back to deuce - winning one point as his opponent slipped over on court - and the Swiss eventually holds serve.
    7/6/2014 2:12:24 PM
  • Djokovic 6-7 1-1 Federer*
    Easy service game for Djokovic, he is arguably playing the better tennis here, but still finds himself a set down. Must be frustrating for the Serbian.
    7/6/2014 2:15:36 PM
  • *Djokovic 6-7 2-1 Federer
    First break of the match as Federer goes 0-30 down but then gets back to deuce, only to then be broken as Djokovic played a great cross court winner. The physio then comes on to have a look at Djokovic's ankle - after he slipped over in last game - Federer uses the opportunity to take his shirt off. Apparently to the amusement of a watching Pippa Middleton.
    7/6/2014 2:19:49 PM
  • Djokovic 6-7 3-1 Federer*
    Djokovic holds serve, but he makes a bigger deal of it than was needed, going 40-0 but then making three unforced errors to let Federer back into the game. He struggles to close out the game as it flickers between deuce and advantage, but eventually he does and so remains a break of serve up.
    7/6/2014 2:28:42 PM
  • *Djokovic 6-7 3-2 Federer
    No problems holding serve this time for Federer, who's also being watched by new Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
    7/6/2014 2:31:24 PM
  • Djokovic 6-7 4-2 Federer*
    Djokovic very much on top in this set, he has no difficulties holding his serve this time and so remains a break up in this set. Federer hasn't really looked like breaking the Serbian's serve yet.
    7/6/2014 2:33:46 PM
  • *Djokovic 6-7 4-3 Federer
    They are rattling through these games now, Federer holds his serve with ease once again. Can he find a way back in on Djokovic's serve next game?
    7/6/2014 2:36:03 PM
  • *Djokovic 6-7 5-4 Federer
    Both players easily hold their serves and now Djokovic will have the opportunity to serve for the second set. Last chance for Federer to break back.
    7/6/2014 2:42:25 PM
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