British No.1 Andy Murray goes into Sunday’s Wimbledon final looking to become the first British player to win at SW19 since Fred Perry back in 1936. After faltering in the semi-final stage for the last three years, Murray has finally made it into Sunday’s final and will face the six-time winner here Roger Federer (Andy Murray 7/4 to beat Roger Federer). Federer is widely considered as the greatest of all time and a victory today at the age of 30 will be his 17th Grand Slam success and his first since the 2010 Australian Open. Federer can equal Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon wins with a victory today, however Murray will be hoping to make it third time lucky against Federer in Grand Slam finals after losing their previous two meetings at this stage of a major in straight sets (Roger Federer 1/2 to beat Andy Murray).
Federer’s path to the final has been far from simple after easy victories in the first two rounds. He had to battle back from two sets down against Julien Benneteau in the third round and was also somewhat out of sorts during a four set victory over Xavier Malisse in the fourth round. However an easy victory followed in little over one hour and a half against Mikhail Youzhny and then he dispatched Novak Djokovic in four sets which seemed to be a lot easier than most would have anticipated. Federer has always been a great player indoors and he seemed to thrive under the roof on Centre Court against the world No.1. In some ways Murray will surely be hoping the weather allows the final to be played without the roof on as it could play right into Federer’s hands if not.
Andy Murray hasn’t had the easiest of draws to get to the final, however he greatly benefited from Rafa Nadal’s early departure, the man who had knocked him out at the semi-final stage in the last two years here. He has lost a set in four of his six matches so far, although he has yet to be taken the distance. He will be hoping his counter-attacking game will be good enough to frustrate a Federer who despite being an unbelievable player, is not the invincible force he was on grass three or four years ago. Murray will also take positives out of his 8-7 career winning record against the Swiss, although Federer has won their last two meetings in straight sets and their previous two meetings in a Grand Slam in straight sets, both in the final (Roger Federer 2/1 to win 3-0). Whatever happens expect an unbelievable atmosphere on centre court in what could be one of the most memorable finals in Wimbledon history if Murray can dethrone the king of grass.