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Djokovic - Federer final shevled

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Roger Federer- Djokovic final shelvedRoger Federer- Djokovic final shelvedFans hoping for a third straight Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be disappointed by Friday's draw.


Djokovic, the dominant world No. 1, was placed in the same half as record seven-time winner Federer, meaning a potential semifinal battle may ensue instead.

The Swiss -- who lost to Djokovic in a five-set thriller in 2014 and in four sets last season -- might consider it job done if he reaches the last four given all his injury woes of late.

The third seed had knee surgery after January's Australian Open, succumbed to illness, and then a back problem led the nearly 35-year-old to miss his first grand slam since 1999 at last month's French Open.

In June, Federer was upset by young upstarts Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev at grass-court warmups in Germany.

Djokovic and Federer were handed seemingly comfortable early rounds, with the Serbian beginning against British wildcard James Ward -- who hasn't won a main draw ATP match this term -- and the 17-time grand slam champion landing clay-court specialist Guido Pella in his opener.

Djokovic is, undeniably, the favorite at tennis' most famous postcode of SW19. Not only is he the twice defending champion in southwest London, but he became the first man since 1969 to win four majors in a row when he completed his grand slam collection at the French Open.

Djokovic has defeated Andy Murray in the Australian Open and French Open finals in 2016, and the odds suggest they'll tangle again in the Wimbledon final on July 10, the same day as the Euro 2016 finale in France. Thankfully for sports fans, the Wimbledon final falls in the afternoon while the football climax is an evening affair.

Standing in the way of Djokovic-Federer semi could be Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic, who reached last weekend's final at London Queen's Club under the tutelage of his new coach John McEnroe, a three-time Wimbledon champion in the 90s.

 

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