Djokovic and Federer show that Big Four still rule

Fri Jul 4, 2014 5:13pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - When Novak Djokovic's flying forehand kissed the net and bounced into the corner, he let out a primal roar that echoed around Centre Court, the All England Club and probably all the way to his hometown of Belgrade.

It was the point that had spared him going into a nerve-jangling fifth set.

It was the point that secured him a 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(7) over win over shotmaker extraordinaire Grigor Dimitrov.

Most importantly it was the point that propelled him into a final showdown at Wimbledon with seven-times champion Roger Federer.

The so-called revolution by the 'generation next' of men's tennis failed to gather further momentum on Friday as 23-year-olds Dimitrov and Milos Raonic came up short in their bids to overthrow the establishment.

Instead a 27-year-old father-to-be and a 32-year-old father of four - who between them own 23 grand slam titles - will battle it out for the biggest prize in lawn tennis.

A nonchalant 6-4 6-4 6-4 demolition of Canadian Raonic left

Federer standing just three sets away from becoming the oldest man to triumph at the grasscourt major in the professional era.   Continued...

Jul 4, 2014; London, United Kingdom; Novak Djokovic (SRB) celebrates recording match point in his match against Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) on day 11 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club.  Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports