The 2012 Wimbledon men’s main draw singles event reaches it’s peak today at 2pm in London when the men’s singles final will be played. At Wimbledon this year the final is between No.3 seed Roger FEDERER and No.4 seed Andy MURRAY.
The 25-year-old Murray has already achieved his career best at Wimbledon by winning through to the singles final. The 1.9m Murray is playing in his fourth Grand Slam final in the past five years after his first at the 2008 US Open, followed by back-to-back Australian Open finals in 2010 and 2011. The first British male singles finalist since Henry “Bunny” Austin in 1938 improved his career record at Wimbledon to 30-6 by defeating No.5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in 2 hours and 47 minutes in Friday’s semi finals.
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The 30-year-old Federer set an all-time men’s record by winning through to the Wimbledon singles final for an eighth time. The 1.85m Federer is playing in his 24th Grand Slam final having now made at least one Grand Slam singles final a year for the past 10 years. The men’s all-time record holder for most Grand Slam singles titles with 16 improved his career record at Wimbledon to 65-7 by defeating No.1 seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours and 19 minutes in Friday’s semi finals.
The head-to-head record:
In the battle of a first ever Grand Slam title versus a record equalling 7th Wimbledon singles title, Murray goes in with the home crowd advantage and leading Federer with 8 wins to 7 in their previous matches. Federer won the most recent encounter in the Dubai final 7-5 6-4 this year. Interestingly, they have never played on a grass court, just as Federer and Djokovic hadn’t before the semi final. Murray and Federer have only ever played in Grand Slam events twice before and always in the final, first at the 2008 US Open then at the 201o Australian Open.
With a win Federer will become the World No.1 if he wins the title to equal the all-time ATP Tour record held by Pete Sampras for most weeks spent ranked at No.1 (286). Federer would equal the Pete Sampras record of 7 Wimbledon singles titles in the open-era and William Renshaw who benefitted from the challenge round system with 7 before the open-era. Either way, there will be a third different Grand Slam singles champion from the past three Grand Slam events, which last happened from US Open 2009 to Roland Garros 2010.
A victory for Murray will make him the first British male Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry at the 1936 US Open. The Scot has the dubious distinction of being the first player to play three Grand Slam singles finals without winning a set. A first set win for Murray would be a huge boost to his psyche and place more doubt in the mind of Federer.
Murray joined Ivan Lendl (his coach), Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanisevic as players who lost their first three Grand Slam singles finals at the 2011 Australian Open. Agassi and Ivanisevic both won Wimbledon in their fourth final with the stars being aligned for Murray it seems to follow that pattern. The last British player to win Wimbledon was Virginia Wade when she won in 1977 on the Queen’s silver jubilee (25 years) and 2012 signifies Murray’s chance to win on the Queen’s diamond jubilee (60 years).
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