x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

The No 1 seed looking for his second Wimbledon title to go with 2011 triumph.

Novak Djokovic has lost five of his past six grand slam finals. Jan Kruger/ Getty Images
Novak Djokovic has lost five of his past six grand slam finals. Jan Kruger/ Getty Images

Novak Djokovic said he would be concentrating on his return of serve in his bid to win a second Wimbledon title.

The No 1 seed faces a revitalised Roger Federer in today’s men’s singles final and the Serbian already has thoughts on how he can prosper.

“The key against him in the game, of course, is trying to not allow him to dictate too much because he likes to be very aggressive, he likes to come to the net,” said Djokovic, who can replace Rafael Nadal as the world No 1 if he is victorious.

“I’m going to have to be able to get as many returns as I can back in the court and try to also protect the baseline.”

This is only the second time the pair have met at the All England Club, with their one past encounter in the 2012 semi-finals going the way of Federer in four sets.

Federer has won Wimbledon seven times in the past and Djokovic is aware that he will have to be at his best to follow up his 2011 title.

“His level has been very high, I have to say,” the Serbian said.

“I’ve been watching him in a few matches. He didn’t have many tough matches up to the quarter-finals. Against Stan (Wawrinka) he played well.

“Hopefully I can tactically prepare myself and execute well to not allow him to be in top shape on Sunday.”