Wimbledon: Roger Federer news - Federer denied a record eighth title in five set loss to Novak Djokovic

Federer is chasing his eighth Wimbledon title (CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer bids for a record eighth title at Wimbledon 2016, but has time run out for the man once considered the greatest of them all?

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Since 2002, Federer has established himself as one of the greatest champions ever to grace Centre Court and if he had won that eighth title, it would have elevated him above Pete Sampras and set a record which is unlikely to be broken ever again.

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Final: Beaten by Novak Djokovic 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4

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There were thrills and spills a plenty in a five set thriller where Djokokvic denied Toger Federer the chance of winning a record eighth Wimbledon title. The quality of play hardly dipped as the momentum swung first to Federer's way as he edged the first set tie-break, and then briefly back to the Serbian, who edged the second set to level the match. 

The third set saw another tie-break, where this time Djokovic just pushed ahead, and it looked all over in the fourth set as Djokovic had championship point at 5-2 up. But Federer won five games on the trot to push the match into a decider.

With still no dip in the quality, it cam down to who would flinch first. It took just one more match point to give Djokovic a second Wimbledon title.

Semi-Final: Beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 6-4

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Federer has dropped serve just once in reaching the final and only faced one break point against Raonic.

“[It took] big concentration [today],” said Federer. “I had to really focus every point. I had to be very careful on my service games. I knew there would only be a few chances on return. I was unbelievably effective. 

Quarter-final: Beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4

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Federer advanced to his 35th Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday as he fought from a set down to beat Wawrinka. It was the first all-Swiss quarter-final at Wimbledon. 

The 32-year-old is bidding to win an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon crown.

“I’m just really pleased that I’m back strong this year at Wimbledon,” said Federer, who suffered a shock second-round exit at the hands of Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013. “Last year was such a disappointment. I was very deflated leaving Wimbledon on that note. It’s good to be back in the semis. The prospect is very exciting.”

Round 4: Beat Tommy Robredo 6-1 6-4 6-4

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Federer turned out to be too strong for Tommy Robredo as he booked a 12th Wimbledon quarter-final on Tuesday at Wimbledon  6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

“Tommy was playing better as the match went on and I’m clearly happy to win in straight sets,” said Federer, who fought off Robredo’s only break point in the final game as he served out the match in just 93 minutes. The right-hander hit 41 winners, including 11 aces, and converted four of his 13 break point chances.

“I’m very pleased with the first week,” Federer told the BBC after his match. “Everything I need to happen is happening to go deep in the tournament.”

Round 3: Beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

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Federer steamed into the fourth-round at Wimbledon, blasting past Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in 81 minutes under the Centre Court roof on a rain-hit day at The Championships.

"It's great," Federer told BBC television straight after the match. "I'm very pleased. It's always good to keep moving on. Last year I lost in the second round (against Sergiy Stakhovsky), so I'm aware of tough draws. I'm always worried about the first week, getting to the second one; then the grass plays quite differently. 

“[Next week] it's really about maintaining a good level of play. Physically I'm in good shape. I've got to keep playing aggressively and serving well. You've got to do that on this surface, and keep the points short."

Round 2: Beat Gilles Muller 6-3 7-5 6-3

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It started in the fresh air but when the good old British summer returned in force it finished under the roof as Federer defeated Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third round.

Play was suspended temporarily at 4-3 in the second set as the persistent drizzle forced organisers to close the roof. At the resumption, Federer wrapped up victory in one hour and 34 minutes. The Swiss did not face a break point throughout the match.

"Against a player like this you're more dependent on the serve and return and first couple of shots, so it doesn't change much against a player like him," said Federer of the closed roof. "Today I thought it was cooler with the roof open, and then footing and tactics, I didn't change anything from before and after."

Round 1: Beat Paulo Lorenzi 6-1 6-1 6-3

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Federer stood in the way of the Italian from winning his first Grand Slam first round match, for the loss of just five games.

It was not all perfect though, as the seven-time Wimbledon champion took six match points to finish Lorenzi off. There was even a touch of hubris as the Italian challenged that final ace delaying the inevitable and Federer’s triumphant advance into the second round.

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