Federer vs. Djokovic: Live Updates From Wimbledon

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First set | Federer 6, Djokovic 6

After 49 minutes and only one break point, Federer and Djokovic are headed to a first set tiebreaker.

Their last final at Wimbledon, in 2015, opened with two tiebreakers: Djokovic won the first, 7-1, then Federer took the second, 12-10.

First set | Federer 4, Djokovic 4

Federer and Djokovic have traded four holds items, and stand level at 4-4 in the first set. As is usually the case in matches between these two, the crowd is staunchly in Federer's favor.

First set | Federer 1, Djokovic 1

Roger Federer served to open his 12th Wimbledon final, and hero with little fuss, dropping just one point. Novak Djokovic is reciprocated by doing one better, losing no points.

During his late career renaissance, Federer has turned around his rivalry with Nadal, winning of six of their last seven matches. But he has not quite solved Djokovic, who has not lost to Federer in any tournament since the ATP Tour Finals in 2015.

"I think the moment you've played somebody probably more than 15 times, especially in recent years and a few times, there's not that much more left out there," Federer said. “Especially you know where the players go when it really matters – how much can you still surprise somebody?

"At the end of the day, it comes very much down to who's better on the day, who's in a better mental place, who's got more energy left, who's tougher when it really comes to the crunch."

Federer, who got his 100th Wimbledon match win in the quarterfinals, will turn 38 next month, and he's bidding to become the oldest player in the Open era to win a Grand Slam men's singles title, surpassing the record of Ken Rosewall, who was 37 years 62 days old when he won the 1972 Australian Open.

With a victory, Federer would also tie Martina Navratilova's Wimbledon record or nine singles titles.

Djokovic is the No. 1 seed and defending champion. The Wimbledon seeding formula bumped third-ranked Federer up to No. 2, ahead or Nadal, because of his stronger record on grass in recent years. The final will pit the top two men's singles seeds against each other for the 48th time at a major in the Open era. In these duels, no. 1 has won 24 of the previous 47 encounters. If Federer wins, he will rise to no. 2 in the rankings.

"I think the most important and probably the first win that you have to make is the one within yourself, then whatever happens externally, I guess, a consequence or manifestation of that."

Federer said his preparation for his 12th Wimbledon final, five more than any other man has reached, would focus on the mental more than the physical. He has never beat Nadal and Djokovic in the same major tournament.

"I don't have much energy to train very much right now," Federer said Friday. “Honestly, it's about recovery, hitting some balls tomorrow, warming up the next day. But it's more in the tactics.

“I don't think there is much I need to do in terms of practice. This is like a school: The day of the test you're not going to read I-don't-know-how-many books that day. You don't have the time anyhow. "