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Federer, Djokovic to meet in Wimbledon final

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London, Jul 4 (EFE).- Switzerland's Roger Federer easily dispatched Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Friday at the All England Club to put himself in position to win an eighth Wimbledon title when he meets Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final.

A victory in Sunday's final would leave the 32-year-old Federer with a record 18 Grand Slam championships. Win or lose, the Swiss great will become the second-oldest player to contest a men's final at Wimbledon.

Australian Ken Rosewall was 39 when he lost the 1974 final.

Raonic, 23, came into Friday's semifinal fresh off his win over giant-killer Nick Kyrgios, the 19-year-old Australian who eliminated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal from the tournament.

But the Canadian's big serve wasn't enough against Federer, who needed only an hour and 41 minutes to win in straight sets.

"I'm unbelievably proud every time I can walk to the grounds and play this tournament," Federer said afterward.

"I know I don't have 10 left. The first one in 2003 was a dream come true. To have another chance to go through these emotions is an unbelievable thrill," he said.

Federer had a much easier time of it on Friday than Djokovic, who battled for more than three hours to beat 23-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7).

The Serbian arrived at Wimbledon looking for his seventh Grand Slam title after losing last month's French Open final to Nadal.

Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon winner and runner-up to Andy Murray last year, can reclaim the top spot in the ATP rankings from Nadal if he prevails in Sunday's final.

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