The Wimbledon Men’s Final is set, and the fans could not ask for much more. It was a crazy tournament, with numerous seeds going down in the early-going, but in the end, the top 2 players in the world stated the course and set a blockbuster final. Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray. These two have played 18 times before, and although Djokovic only leads 11-7, he is 3-1 in Grand Slams against Murray. This match is very significant for each player, so let’s break down what this match means to each man.
Novak Djokovic- For Novak, this match means redemption. We all know the story; he was up a break in the fifth set of his epic semifinal clash with Rafa Nadal at the French Open when he made a huge mistake by touching the net on an easy put-away. He ended up losing that match, and it was one of the toughest losses in Novak’s career. He said at the beginning of the season that his goal was to win the French Open, and he failed, which makes this match all the more important. It would be huge for Nole to come back right and win Wimbledon, and get redemption for his defeat at the French Open.
Andy Murray- For Andy, this match means…everything. I know that seems like a bit much, but it’s the truth. He has the expectation of a nation on his shoulders, and nothing other than a win will be good enough. He reached the final last year, and if he loses in the final again this year it will be a huge disappointment for him and for the UK. It’s an unfair burden to put on one man, but that’s what happens when the last British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936. The pressure will be immense, but that’s nothing new for Murray. He’s matured over the years, and he plays for himself rather than for the UK. This match means everything to the man they call the Muzzard.
The Matchup- These guys play very similar game styles, and so matches tend to go very long. Both guys would be labeled counter-punchers, but they both have the ability to play agressive. The winner of this match will be the one who dictates play better with the serve and forehand, because both have unbelievable 2 handed backhands. Also, the player that attacks their opponents 2nd serve most effectively will most likely come out on top.
Who has the Edge?
1st Serve- Murray
2nd Serve- Djokovic
Movement on Grass- Murray
The Winner Will Be… Andy Murray. This one is so hard for me to pick. If this was anywhere but Wimbledon I would have picked Novak, but this just seems like Murray’s year. I don’t particularly like either player, but both have unbelievable physical fitness and mental strength. For me, the difference is going to be the crowd. The Djoker look irritated in his semifinal match that the crowd was for Delpo, and it’s going to be so much worse tomorrow. Murray will ride the wave of emotion from himself and the crowd, to win this one in 4 tight sets.