Wimbledon Final: Murray or Federer; Who Gets The Title? 4 years ago 1

Andy Murray and Roger Federer are both carrying the weight of expectation and history into Sunday’s men’s singles final at Wimbledon.

Murray snapped a 74-year streak when he became the first British man to reach the final at the All England Club and will want to end a 76-year long wait for the tennis success starved nation by actually winning a men’s grand slam title.

The legendary Fred Perry claimed both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open titles in 1936, but since then nothing, despite the brave efforts of Andy Murray’s predecessor as British number one, Tiger Henman.

Virginia Wade was the last British winner of a grand slam at Wimbledon in 1977, the year of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Maybe that will be an omen because 2012 marks the Diamond Jubilee of the British monarch, who made a rare visit to SW19 to see Wade win all those years ago.

Wishful thinking

But that sort of historic wishful thinking is unlikely to make much impression on Federer and even Murray admits he needs to play the "perfect match" to beat the Swiss maestro.

"He’s one of the greatest ever players. He’s been doing it consistently over a number of years. He’s very, very tough to beat here," Murray told gathered reporters after his four-set semifinal win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

"It’s a great challenge, one where I’m probably not expected to win, but one that, if I play well, I’m capable of winning. The pressure that I would be feeling if it was against somebody else I guess it would be different.

"But there will be less on me on Sunday because of who he is."

Murray’s clever attempt to deflect pressure and focus it on Federer underestimates the expectations of a sports mad country, who have filled just about every seat for every day of every event at the 2012 London Olympics later this month.

Britain is likely to come to a standstill Sunday afternoon as television sets are tuned into the live broadcast and in his home town of Dunblane in Scotland special celebrations are planned.

Formidable opponent

Murray is right though. Federer is a formidable opponent and can set a string of records if he beats the number four seed and home hope.

It will be a record equaling seventh Wimbledon title in the Open Era, drawing level with Pete Sampras, who coincidentally had the same coach, Paul Annacone, as Federer.

It’s a great challenge, one where I’m probably not expected to win, but one that, if I play well, I’m capable of winning.
Andy Murray

He will extend his own record to 17 grand slam titles and victory will also take him back to the top of the world rankings, also beating another Sampras record for successive weeks at the top of the men’s game.

For a 30-year-old, considered to be a waning force, it would be a remarkable performance, made possible by his four-set dismissal of the previously dominant Novak Djokovic to reach a record eighth Wimbledon final.

"There’s a lot on the line for me. I’m not denying that. I have a lot of pressure, as well. I’m looking forward to that. That’s what I work hard for," he said.

"I’ve worked extremely hard since I lost that match point against Novak last year at the U.S. Open.

"My run has been extremely good. Now I have a chance at world No. 1, and at the title again all at once.

"So it’s a big match for me." Home Page


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