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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer's journey to the final

Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer's journey to the final
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The Swiss has won eight titles at SW19.

Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon final as he bids to win the title for a ninth time.

The 37-year-old will face defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Here, PA charts Federer's route to the showpiece.

First round – Lloyd Harris

Roger Federer dropped the first set against Lloyd Harris
Roger Federer dropped the first set against Lloyd Harris (Mike Egerton/PA)

Little-known South African Harris briefly threatened a major shock on his debut when he took the first set, but he won just five more games as Federer wrapped up a 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory.

Second round – Jay Clarke

Wimbledon 2019 – Day Four – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Jay Clarke was dispatched in three sets (Mike Egerton/PA)

Young Brit Clarke's Wimbledon dream was ended by his idol, the eight-time champion closing out a 6-1 7-6 (3) 6-2 victory in one hour and 36 minutes.

Third round – Lucas Pouille

Federer had no issues against Lucas Pouille
Federer had no issues against Lucas Pouille (Mike Egerton/PA)

A 7-5 6-2 7-6 (4) victory over Pouille was Federer's 350th at a grand-slam event, a landmark no other player has reached or even come close to.

Fourth round – Matteo Berrettini

Federer hammered Matteo Berrettini
Federer hammered Matteo Berrettini (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Young Italian Berrettini was supposed to provide a real test. Instead he won just five games as Federer romped home 6-1 6-2 6-2.

Quarter-final – Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori was beaten in four sets
Kei Nishikori was beaten in four sets (Adam Davy/PA)

Federer brought up a century of Wimbledon match victories after shaking off a nervy start to run out a 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 winner and book a last-four showdown with Rafael Nadal.

Semi-final – Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal came up short in a thriller
Rafael Nadal came up short in a thriller (Adam Davy/PA)

The box office clash did not disappoint. After winning the first set, Federer looked in trouble in the second but came back again to win a classic 7-6 (3) 1-6 6-3 6-4.

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