Third seed Roger Federer defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Wimbledon semifinals.
It took Federer 2 hours and 19 minutes to win the match in four fast sets under the closed roof of Center Court.
“I’m obviously ecstatic, I’m so happy,” Federer said. “I played a great match. It’s been a tough tournament for me but I was able to play some fantastic tennis today. I thought Novak also played well. The first two sets went by so quickly but then I was able to step it up a bit. Maybe I got a bit lucky because he also had break points in the third set but it feels great to be in the Wimbledon final.”
Federer became the first man to reach eight Wimbledon finals and set up a clash with the winner of the second semi-final between Britain’s Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Should he win on Sunday, Federer will equal Pete Sampras’s record of seven Wimbledon titles and take back the No. 1 ranking.