Wimbledon final RESULTS 2015: Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic in SW19 tennis showpiece

  • Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic battle in repeat of 2014 Wimbledon final
  • Serbian defeated Swiss star in five sets at SW19 last year
  • Federer chases record eighth title, Djokovic after third crown from 2pm
  • Djokovic took first set tie-break 7-1 to take advantage of final
  • But Federer saved seven set points to win second tie-break 12-10 
  • Djokovic retook the lead following a rain break, winning third set 6-4
  • Djokovic took the fourth set 6-3 to win his third Wimbledon crown

  • Dan Ripley

    Host commentator

Well that wraps up our live coverage for Wimbledon 2015...

Thanks for following the past couple of weeks folks, once again it's been a thrilling ride covering the championships at SW19.

I'll leave you with the full post-match interviews from Djokovic and Federer.


Djokovic pays tribute to Federer after claiming third Wimbledon crown

'Roger [Federer] makes you push your limits and work hard. Me and Boris [Becker] will have a glass of beer and wine at some point, it took time to understand each other, he's German, I'm Serbian - significant difference! But we found chemistry.

'[On his tradition of eating the Wimbledon grass] 'The grass tastes very good this year, I don't know what the ground staff have done but it's very good!'

Novak Djokovic gives the thumbs up after collecting his third Wimbledon title
Federer reflects on his final defeat saying he will be back at Wimbledon

'I had chances in the first set, I was lucky to win the second, and I had chances in the third.

'I'm still hungry and motivated, it's been once more a privilege to play here on Centre Court in the finals. I would have loved to win but Novak was very good. I hope to see you again soon.'

Roger Federer collects his runner-up trophy on Centre Court
Just like yesterday the Duke of Kent will help with the presentation

And there is a HUGE cheer as Federer, showing a smile, walks up to collect his runners-up shield. He will be disappointed he didn't reproduce his stunning semi-final performance over Andy Murray today.

There's an even bigger smile from Djokovic as he walks up to collect his third Wimbledon title. Once again the crowd show their appreciation.

Back out come the players...

The roof is on and there is loud cheers and applause from the crowd as Djokovic and Federer come back out on to Center Court for the trophy presentation.

This is what it looks like to win your third Wimbledon title...
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his third Wimbledon title
Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 in the Wimbledon men's final
Djokovic's coach Boris Becker (left) punches the air after the defending champion claimed victory
And here is the reason the roof will be closed for this presentation and beyond
Novak Djokovic's slam wins are catching up with the legends...
From Sportsmail's Stuart Fraser at Wimbledon
So Novak Djokovic defends his Wimbledon title!

And the world No 1 captured it in some style too. The Serbian was the better player this afternoon as he wins his third crown at SW19.

The players will go off shortly as the roof will be closed for the presentation ceremony.

Here was the moment Djokovic saw off the great Roger Federer:

Djokovic 3-6 Federer 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6 - DJOKOVIC WINS

Now it's Federer under pressure on serve as he falls 0-30 behind. That puts Djokovic two points away from defending his title but Federer hits back for 15-30.

Novak then clips the baseline with a stunning return for two championship points, before he takes control of a rally to hit a cross court forehand winner to claim the Wimbledon title!

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in four sets to defend his Wimbledon title
Federer 3-5 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6

Now the crowd are buzzing and now Djokovic is tested as the Serbian falls 0-30 behind on serve. The first test is passed as he powers a serve which Federer cannot return, and he performs the same trick to level at 30-30 with a serve out wide.

Huge couple of points coming up, and Federer falls short on one as he finds the net before firing a wide forehand across court to enable Novak to hold in impressive fashion.

Roger Federer now serves to stay in the match.

Federer 3-4 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6

Once again 0-15 for Federer to open serve and despite hitting back, the Swiss then volleys into the net for 15-30.

A double fault gives Djokovic a break point, and at this stage a virtual championship point, but Novak returns a serve into the net for deuce.

Break point No 2 soon follows, but again Djokovic returns into the net following a second serve down the T.

Federer's ace is challenged by Djokovic, but the ball's called in as Roger then serves out. The seven time champion is JUST still in this.

Roger Federer watches the ball over the net during an exchange with Novak Djokovic
Federer 2-4 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6

I have to say, Federer looks a beaten man now. The Swiss attacks the net but is met by a back hand winner down the line.

Djokovic maintains dominance to move 30-0 up, before Federer returns long.

The Federer flame still flickers with a clever passing backhand, before Djokovic returns into the net to get the crowd pumped up once again.

It's the hope that kills you though (for Federer fans at least) as Djokovic thunders an ace down the T.

Federer 2-3 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6 - Novak Djokovic breaks serve

By contrast a Djokovic break doesn't look far away. Once again the Serbian leads at 0-15, before Federer, looting a little fatigued now, brings it level to 30-30.

Federer finds the net to concede a break point, before a weak return from the Swiss gives Djokovic a break and sights set on a third Wimbledon title.

Federer 2-2 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6

I'm struggling to see how Federer is going to get back into this by conventional matters, he may need another tie-break in this fourth set as Djokovic still looks oh so comfortable on serve.

Federer 2-1 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6

A few nervous groans from the crowd as Djokovic moves 0-15 ahead, but that's about as good as it gets for the Serbian as federerw ins the next four points, holding with a perfect drop shot while at full stretch. Masterful.

British actress Kate Winslet (centre) sits on Centre Court to watch the men's singles final
From Sportsmail's Stuart Fraser at Wimbledon

'Noticeable how Djokovic is now more aggressive and on the front foot, stepping inside the baseline. Also very successful at the net in the third set with 9/10 for net approaches.

'Djokovic has won 29 matches in a row from two sets to one up. There could be more rain to come, though. If it does, the roof will definitely shut this time.'

Federer 1-1 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6

Brilliant tennis here as Federer plays a shot across the net, but Djokovic reads it well and manages to drop a winner near the baseline for 30-15.

The defending champion then takes the next two points, with an unsuccessful challenge from Federer on a long return rubber stamping the hold.

Federer 1-0 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) 4-6

It's the long route Federer will need to take then if he is to claim his eighth Wimbledon title and he begins the fourth set in fine style with a hold to 15. Serves still on top it seems. 

Here is how Djokovic won the third set

Federer 4-6 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) Novak Djokovic wins the third set

One thing the rain break has done is make the serves even stronger.

Djokovic never looked like he was in trouble as a fourth straight game is held to love with Novak claiming the third set. That was a lot less dramatic than the second one!

Roger Federer fans react to a point while watching the final on Henman Hill
Federer 4-5 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

Following a long wait for a service hold to love, we now have three in a row as Federer serves out.

Djokovic now serves for the third set.

Federer 3-5 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

Well that rain break doesn't seemed to have been an advantage for either player - which shouldn't be much of a surprise as they are not the two best players in the world for no reason.

Now it's a Djokovic hold to love as Federer serves to stay in the third set.

Roger Federer returns a forehand against Novak Djokovic during the Wimbledon men's final
Federer 3-4 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

That's more like the Federer we saw in the semi-final against Andy Murray as the Swiss holds to love.

When was the last time either player did this?

Federer 2-4 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

No change in conditions with the roof, but who will that short break favour on the restart as Djokovic serves?

It certainly doesn't seemed to have phased Federer, who performs a delightful lob to lead 15-30, before Djokovic serves too well for 30-30.

Federer then attacks the net, but is met by a neat back hand winner from Djokovic, who then holds.

The players are coming back on court and will resume shortly
Ground staff prepare to put the covers on before a rain delay
Ground staff make a run for it to get the covers on Centre Court as rain falls
Umbrella's pop up as the covers come on at Centre Court
From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon

'When the roof came over in the final three years ago versus Murray it was massively in Federer’s favour.

'Not sure the same will be true here if that happens. There are said to be a lot of small clusters of showers in the area rather than any major downpours so we might not be off for too long.'

So it looks like the roof is staying open

A passing shower it is then. The covers are coming off on Centre Court and the roof is staying open - too right as well, it's an outdoor tournament.

Federer 2-3 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

And like buses, it's another simple hold as Federer beats the rain to serve out. As soon as the game finishes the covers are on and the players go off.

They are not going back to the locker room for now, as we wait to see if this is just a passing shower.

Roger Federer celebrates winning a point but the Swiss was broken in the third set
Federer 1-3 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

Rememeber those easy holds I was reflecting on a  minute ago? Well it's come and gone as Djokovic holds to 15.

There's more drama on Centre Court now, with drizzle starting to fall. The covers are not on but people are in position to make sure they can be at very short notice.

Federer 1-2 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10) - Novak Djokovic breaks serve

When was the last time either of these players had a straight forward hold of service game? Federer looked on course for one at 40-15, but the Swiss allows Djokovic a route back into breaking via deuce.

A delicate Djokovic drop gives the Serbian a break point, and while Federer has an easy smash volley to save, the Swiss somehow fires way out to hand Novak the break.

Novak Djokovic looks on as the Serbian went on to break early in the third set
From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon

'That tiebreak is going to be pulled out of the vaults for years to come. Djokovic getting very aggravated after that cascade of set points and break points lost but that is not always a negative for him.

'A big chance missed in that second game for Federer to consolidate that change in momentum. My money is still on the Serb.'

Federer 1-1 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

This is perhaps the first time since the early stages of the first set that Djokovic has been under serious pressure as Federer fist pumps his way into a 0-30 lead.

Roger hits long though for 15-30, before the Swiss backhand catches the top of the net for 30-30.

Now it's Djokovic's turn to hit the net though and the Serbian is getting visibly frustrated as he concedes break point. Federer again hits long so to deuce we go.

Djokovic regains composure from there to serve out.

Federer 1-0 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (12-10)

I'll admit I lost count but Federer saved SEVEN set points in that last set. This is tennis of the golden age.

Djokovic will be fuming at having lost that second set and he starts the third set with two break points as Federer backhands long!

Federer's comeback is on as he attacks the net to force Djokovic into an error, before firing a timely ace down the T for deuce.

Another two big serves gives the Swiss a hold in a blistering start to the third set.

Here is how Federer took the second set:

Federer 7-6 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) - Roger Federer wins the second set

Federer cannot really do much worse than the first set tie-break and he at least gets a mini-break to open up, only for Djokovic to hit back with two of his own following a terrible drop shot from Federer.

Djokovic once again looks the stronger player in the big moments, but suddenly Federer comes alive to break back with a crosscourt back hand winner - his best weapon in this match so far.

Djokovic again attacks the Federer serve though and he leads 4-2 on the changeover.

More errors creep into the Federer game as he forehands simply into the net, and the Serbian soon has three set points at 6-3.

Federer saves one with a big serve out wide, and then another as Djokovic just overhits the baseline following a stunning forehand rally.

The best is saved to last though as Federer somehow keeps a forehand winner in, forcing Djokovic to fire a return into the net. The crowd have popped wildly for that as this second set goes on!

A fifth set point soon follows for Novak though as this time Federer finds the net, but Federer's serve out wide then a volley winner saves another.

And as is the beauty of a tie-break, Federer now has a set point only for Djokovic to save with a thundering serve down the T!

At 8-8, Federer's loose backhand now gives Djokovic a break point, but Federer saves this one too with a forehand winner out wide.

So we go on at 9-9, set point again for Djokovic following a stunning return of serve before the Serbian then uncharacteristically hits over the baseline in a rally. He challenges but its way out, so, 10-10!

Novak looks devastated, but he suddenly feels worse as Federer returns a stunning serve before attacking the net to volley a winner. We are all square again following an epic tie-break!

Roger Federer thought back in stunning style during the second set tie-break to level the match
Federer 6-6 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

Another chance passes for Federer to break and now he serves to stay in the second set and force a tie-break.

Djokovic doesn't make it easy, taking it to 30-30 before a smash winner from Federer and then a hit into the net from Djokovic brings up the second tie-break.

From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon

'Just been outside and don’t see any suggestion of any imminent rain and therefore change in the conditions here.

'Federer could prove me wrong but Djokovic looks in the driving seat here, his nerve on the big points has so far been the difference between the two with some big serving and big forehands.'

Roger Federer reacts as the Swiss failed to break Novak Djokovic's serve
Federer 5-6 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

Take that! That's more like Federer who bullets a back hand winner across court for 30-30, and then another to bring a break point.

Djokovic has dealt with these very well so far, not giving Roger a sniff mostly. Although Federer gets into a rally, the Swiss hits the top of the net for deuce.

From there the Federer back hand special turns into a liability as he hits wide crosscourt, but the forehand comes good from the Swiss who sends a winner perfectly down the line which left Djokovic rooted.

Federer then saves the game with a return which under a Djokovic challenge is found to favour the Swiss by what could be no more than a millimeter in its clipping of the baseline!

A fourth deuce soon comes into play as the game creeps into its eighth minute. Djokovic's forehands to both corners soon give him a third straight advantage, before Federer loses another rally with a hit wide.

Federer 5-5 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

Federer hasn't won a second serve point in this set and is soon in trouble as Djokovic attacks to go 15-30 in front.

Federer hits a double fault to concede a set point but for once it's the Swiss who takes the big point, forcing deuce with the first point he has won on his second serve.

In deuce, it's advantage Federer thanks to a drop shot, before Djokovic returns out to enable a Federer hold.

Novak Djokovic's coach Boris Becker looks on from his position at Centre Court
Federer 4-5 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

Yet another easy hold to 15 for Djokovic who, one loose service game aside, continues to remain marginally on top in this second set. Roger Federer will now serve to stay in the set and quite possibly, the way this is going, the final itself.

Federer 4-4 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

This is much more like Federer, who cruises to 40-0 in front in no time at all. Djokovic rather impressively bats back a return for 40-15 before the Swiss aces down the centre.

The Royal Box was full for the Wimbledon men's singles final on Centre Court
From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon
Federer 3-4 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

No messing about from Djokovic on serve this time as the Serbian holds out to 15. We may still be on serve in this second set but Djokovic still looks the more comfortable player, especially when the crucial points are being played.

Federer 3-3 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

You have to admire Federer's courage, as at 40-15 he atempts a cheeky drop shot which just fails to creep over the net. It doesn't prove costly as the Swiss serves out the hold.

Novak Djokovic reaches out for a backhand return against Roger Federer
From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon

'Djokovic looking so calm and secure it looks like a rain delay and roof covering may be Federer's best hope right now.

'I'll bet Andy Murray is watching this at home on his sofa cursing that he was unable to take Federer into a tiebreak on Friday. Pressure told there and Djokovic's nerve is the stronger.'

Federer 2-3 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

Federer hasn't been able get a look in when it comes to the Djokovic serve in this set, but at 40-15 he is given a glimmer of hope after Novak fires wide.

In fact Federer is knocking at the door of a possible break when Djokovic again fires out for deuce.

That knock becomes a banging at the door as he gains a break point but Djokovic saves his third of the match following another baseline exchange which Federer fails to return in.

Federer's introduction of power into a rally causes Djokovic to slip and fire out a return for another break point, which once again Novak saves with an attacking winner.

An unforced Federer forehand error is followed by its cousin the Djokovic forehand winner to enable a hold for the Serbian.

Bradley Cooper (centre left) was also in the Royal Box on Centre Court
From Sportsmail's Stuart Fraser at Wimbledon

'A couple stats to illustrate the difference in Roger Federer's serve compared to Friday...

'Federer's first-serve percentage for the first set against Novak Djokovic was 59 per cent. It was up at 85 per cent after first set against Andy Murray.

'Federer only hit two aces in the first set today, compared to 11 against Murray.'

Federer 2-2 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

Just a third ace of the match from Federer brings him 30-0, but he makes up for lost time with another for 40-0.

Djokovic hits back before Roger rather carelessly strikes the net chasing a volley winner.

But Djokovic fires off court to give Federer the hold. 

John Hurt was among the famous faces on show at Centre Court
From Sportsmail's Stuart Fraser at Wimbledon
Federer 1-2 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

It looked like being a third hold to love in this set, until Federer finally engages Djokovic in a rally which the Swiss wins after Novak finds the net.

Djokovic wins the battle though as Federer follows suit to enable a hold.

Federer 1-1 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

Can't say I saw that coming. It's a hold to love for Federer who serves out with a comfortable volley winner. That at the very least stops the rot.

Hugh Grant (left) was sat close by Benedict Cumberbatch (second right) in the Royal Box
Federer 0-1 Djokovic 6-7 (1-7)

What has happened to Federer. Djokovic has won 14 of the last 15 points as he opens up the second set with an easy hold.

His form has dived along the with the noise of the crowd, with the majority rooting him on.

Federer 6-7 Djokovic - Novak Djokovic wins the opening set

Very quickly, Djokovic takes control of the tie-break as he gets the mini-break before holding for 3-0.

Federer hits back but the longest rally of the match is taken by Djokovic, before a loose back hand from the Swiss on a return of serve sees Novak lead 5-1 on the change over.

Djokovic then gains five set points and he only needs one as Federer ends with a double fault having scored just one point in that tie-break.

What a disappointment for the Swiss who had TWO set points.

Novak Djokovic took the first set tie break easily against Roger Federer
Federer 6-6 Djokovic

So once again Djokovic serves to stay in the first set and force a tie-break. Federer takes the first point but Novak's fifth ace of the match down the T sees him skate 30-15 up.

Djokovic follows brilliance with inconsistency in a double fault and then concedes set point after firing a back hand into the net. A serve out wide quickly puts an end to that. Deuce.

It's another set point for Federer who attacks the net for a volley winner, but Djokovic again serves out wide at 122mph to save the first set.

Another baseline rally goes to Djokovic as Federer over hits the error, before Djokovic holds with an ace own the T. To the tiebreak we go.

Novak Djokovic reaches out to return to Roger Federer
From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon
Federer 6-5 Djokovic

A small let-off for Federer who at 30-0 is at the mercy of a passing winner only for Djokovic to fire into the net after chasing a drop shot.

But Djokovic battles back, winning his bread and butter of a baseline rally to pull back to 40-30, only for a cheeky drop shot winner from Federer to force Novak into an error as the Swiss holds.

Roger Federer returns a backhand against Novak Djokovic during the men's final
Federer 5-5 Djokovic

So Djojkovic serves to stay in the first set. He's only lost two in these championships and both of those were to Kevin Anderson.

So it's no surprise to see the Serbian hold again, with Federer only being given one point with a volley winner at the net.

Federer 5-4 Djokovic

But now it's Federer back on course, again holding with ease with the help of serve and volley. It's a fourth point won for the Swiss on that tactics - one which Djokovic hasn't used as yet.

A Novak Djokovic fans lifts a banner in support of the Serbian at Centre Court
Federer 4-4 Djokovic

After that shocker of a last service game, Djokovic appears to have recovered fully from that break as he holds easily to 15. all of a sudden it looks like the Serbian is in control ad the pressure is back on Federer.

From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon

'Interesting to see how these two are both trying to vary their returns, and how much harder life is for Federer she he does not make his first serve all the time. Centre court clearly pro Federer but not to the extent you might expect - yet.'

Federer 4-3 Djokovic - Novak Djokovic breaks serve

But this is why Djokovic is the defending champion I guess. For the first time in the tournament Federer faces two break points and although his serve down the T enables the Swiss to save one, he can't help but to volley into the net to enable Djokovic to break straight back.

Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs Bjorn Borg's photo in the Royal Box
Federer 4-2 Djokovic - Roger Federer breaks serve

First real audibles from the crowd as a few 'Come on Roger' shouts break the silence for 0-15.

The longest rally of the match at 14 strokes on the baseline should favour Djokovic, but it's Federer who takes the point and then the next one to earn three break points.

He only needs one though as Djokovic finds the net, giving Federer a breakthrough in this opening set. He makes it look so easy, he's playing the defending champion for crying out loud!

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the final
Federer 3-2 Djokovic

Much better from Federer on serve. It's a hold to love for the seven-time champion as Djokovic isn't given a sniff as the Swizz breezes through the fifth game.

Federer 2-2 Djokovic

Not much to separate these players so far, Federer hits his sixth winner of the match to level at 30-30, but Djokovic serves out.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in the crowd at Wimbledon
From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson at Wimbledon

'Early birds at the All England Club today could have seen Graeme Le Saux having a hit on the hallowed grass courts. He is an All England Club member and top class amateur player these days.

'The more serious stuff is on Centre Court. The weather suggests patchy showers and the roof is likely to be closed after the first interruption is more bad weather is predicted coming up behind.

'Either way I see Djokovic as clear favourite as it is hard to imagine Federer will play – and serve – as well as he did on Friday. And Djokovic’s nerve is stronger. But only a fool would write off the great Swiss.'

Jelena Djokovic, wife of Novak, takes her place at Centre Court for the final
Federer 2-1 Djokovic

The first serves are not looking as sharp as they did in the semi-final for Federer, but the second serve is still looking in good shape as the Swiss holds to 30 after Djokovic returns one of those second serves into the net.

Novak Djokovic tackles the Roger Federer serve in the opening game
Federer 1-1 Djokovic

Having lost the opening five points, Djokovic finally gets a point as Federer overhits the baseline for 15-15.

The Serbian then takes the next two before Federer attacks the net for a volley winner, but a low baseline backhand from the Swiss hands Djokovic the hold.

Novak Djokovic (left) and Roger Federer stand side-by-side ahead of the 2015 Wimbledon final
Federer 1-0 Djokovic

The sun makes a brief appearance as Roger Federer opens serve in this final, but despite Federer holding to love in under two minutes it's soon back behind the clouds again.

From Mail on Sunday's Oliver Holt at Wimbledon
From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson

And according to Tim Henman on the BBC, that first rain interruption could come at around 3.30pm. I know Tim's a former tennis player and not a weatherman but he has had access to all the weather info in the referee's room.

Out come the players on Centre Court...

Respectful cheers and applause from the pcked out crowd as two of the finest in the men's game make their way out.

From Sportsmail's Stuart Fraser at Wimbledon
The roof will start open for this final

Which on the face of it is better news for Federer who appears to have more to lose should this match be played under the roof.

It appears to be a case of when the rain will come, and looking at the dark clouds over SW19 I suspect it's not that far away.

It's just under 10 minutes until Federer and Djokovic arrive on Centre Court

Why not use one of them to hear a 60-second lowdown on both players?

Is anyone out there a Djokovic fan this afternoon?

Even the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has his Roger Federer hat on, literally.

John Bercow gives the thumbs up as he arrives at Wimbledon with a Roger Federer hat
Bercow lets security know who he is supporting after arriving for the men's final
Sportsmail's Jamie Carragher is very much with Team Federer this afternoon

The former Liverpool defender had this to say on Instagram: 'Good luck to my mate Roger Federer in the Wimbledon Tennis final today!'

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires is also in SW19
Robert Pires and his wife Jessica pose for the camera after arriving at Wimbledon for the men's final
And a good afternoon to Sportsmail's Stuart Fraser at Wimbledon

'Couple of interesting stats I have discovered while waiting for the final to begin...

'Roger Federer has never lost any of the 24 matches in which his first-serve-in percentage is above 76 per cent and he is 8-0 against Novak Djokovic when his first-serve-points-won percentage is 79 per cent or above.

'That suggests if he keeps up his incredible level of serving here this afternoon, then he wins the match.

'However, intriguing to note that in the last 10 times Andy Murray has lost before the final of a Grand Slam, the player who beat him has gone on to lose their next match on eight occasions.'

Ladies and gentleman, Stuart Fraser is your statto of tennis...


I suspect the majority of fans inside Wimbledon this afternoon will want Roger Federer to win, and that's not because of any dislike for Novak Djokovic.

Federer is just that popular, as chief sports writer for the Mail on Sunday, Oliver Holt explains here.

Big names are out in force this afternoon, with Benedict Cumberbatch at SW19
Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the men's final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
It's not just Federer warming up, Djokovic has been practising with Boris Becker
Novak Djokovic practises ahead of the men's final where he will take on Roger Federer
Djokovic's coach Boris Becker was also with the defending Wimbledon champion during practice
Djokovic and Becker share a discussion ahead of the final at SW19
And even the weather wants to play a role this afternoon

The Wimbledon roof has hardly been used this fortnight but it could come to use today because showers are expected on an overcast afternoon at SW19.

According to Roddick, this favours Novak Djokovic with the court becoming humid and slower which will favour Novak Djokovic.

For the record, Djokovic has won his last 32 matches indoors stretching back to 2012...when he lost to Federer. 

The stage is set, with Hugh Grant even in town to have his say in the final.

All eyes were on Federer as he made his way to practice this morning
Roger Federer makes his way through the crowds after practice
Federer is chasing his eighth Wimbledon crown this evening
Roger Federer practises on the final day of Wimbledon
In addition, tennis does in fact have a good record when it comes to sequels

Roger Federer should know too - he's been involved in a fair few of them. The five-set clashes with Rafa Nadal in 2007 and 2008 (as well as a 2006 final) are part of Wimbledon folklore now.

While there were two sequels in his battles with Andy Roddick. After defeating the American in 2004 and 2005, the seven-time champion triumphed again in 2009 - beating Roddick 16-14 in the final set. (How often is the second sequel THAT good?)

At this time it would feel rude to ignore Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe exchanging wins in 1980 and 1981 - so the track record for rematches is rather encouraging from an entertaining perspective.

Roger Federer (left) poses with runner-up Rafa Nadal following the 2007 Wimbledon final
But Nadal gained revenge on Federer a year later to win the men's crown at SW19
There's a consensus that the sequel is never as good as the original

But that isn't exactly true is it? Off the top of my head I'm thinking 'Terminator 2', 'Wayne's World 2' and even 'Die Hard 2'.

Of course there are many, many more - but will 'Djokovic vs Federer 2' be among them?

Last year was a five-set barnstormer and I wouldn't rule that out again between the two top players in the men's game right now.

Stay tuned for game-by-game coverage as Sportsmail's brings you all the live action on the final day of Wimbledon 2015.

A Wimbledon official adjusts the order of play ahead of the final day at SW19, with the main focus being the men's final on Centre Court

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Wimbledon men's final as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face off in a heavyweight clash at SW19.

The top two seeds clash in a repeat of the 2014 final, which Djokovic won in a thrilling five sets to claim his second Wimbledon title.

But having seen off Andy Murray so impressively in the semi-final, Federer will be confident of landing a record eighth Wimbledon crown as he features in his third final in four years.

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