It’s the final many predicted before the tournament began two weeks ago but after all the other big names fell in the early rounds, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have remained strong to prove those predictions accurate.
The question still remains, will Andy Murray become the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Championships since Fred Perry back in 1936, a full 77 years ago.
Or will Novak Djokovic reaffirm his spot at number one in the ATP ranking and claim his second Wimbledon Championship, after last taking it in 2011.
Semi Final Struggles
Both players were made to work hard for their spots in the final, Djokovic more so, after enduring a four hour 45 minute five set epic as he finally defeated Juan Martin Del Potro.
The match swayed this way and that with Djokovic winning the first set 7-5 before Del Potro took the next 6-4. The next two went to tie break before the Serbian finally killed the match off at almost 6pm on Friday by taking the last set 6-3.
Will that marathon of a semi-final, the longest in Wimbledon history, have sapped too much energy from the six-time Grand Slam winner?
Murray suffered an early scare in his semi-final as he lost the first set on a tie break to Pole Jerzy Janowicz. Murray struggled to cope in stages in battling against Janowicz’s mammoth serve speed but the raw power began to bite as fatigue began to spring errors as the match went on.
Murray took the next two sets 6-4 before closing out the match 6-3 and will surely be the fresher of the two ahead of the final.
Head to Head
The pair’s dominance of the men’s game of late is backed up with the fact that three of the last four Grand Slam finals has featured either Murray or Djokovic.
Their last major meeting actually came in this year’s Australian Open final which Djokovis won three sets to one. Murray won the opener on a tie break but Djokovic fought back to take the next three 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Djokovic has the better record out of the two, having won 11 out of their 18 previous matches but Murray did win their last meeting at Wimbledon, in the semi-finals of last year’s Olympic tournament.
Despite fatigue from his previous match being a possible hurdle, number one seed Djokovic remains the bookies favourite to lift his second Wimbledon title on Sunday afternoon. Paddy Power are offering the best odds of 8/13 for him to do that.
But Murray will have the support of 99% of the crowd within Centre Court and the best price available for him taking the title is 7/5 with Stan James.
The match begins at 2pm tomorrow and can be seen live on BBC One.
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