This should be one for the ages.
Growing up during the peak of American tennis, and being an American who plays/played tennis, the last decade has offered slim pickings for incredibly desirable Grand Slam Finals match-ups. Well, not if you’re a huge fan of Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. Then along came a Serbian by the great entertainer, Novak Djokovic, and a Scotsman, Andy Murray. The Great British hope. A player that is just incredibly enjoyable to watch–all the fire you’d expect from a Scot, and a well of potential that he himself probably has yet to realize. The aforementioned represent the Top 4 players in the world.
Andy Murray has continued his rise to tennis prominence, making a show as the greatest, all-around UK player of the past half-century. Fighting his way into the final with a victory over Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Murray has become the first British man to make the Wimbledon final in 74 years. And in that final, he’ll face who is arguably the greatest singles player to ever step on a court, Roger Federer.
Murray will attempt to become the first Brit to win the title since 1936, and Roger Federer will be attempting to break Pete Sampras’s all-time Grand Slam record with a 17th victory. He tied Sampras, qualifying for an 8th Wimbledon final, defeating Novak Djokovic in 4 sets and now looks to keep etching his name into the top of more record books.
The final is set for Sunday morning, 9am EDT, making for a mid-afternoon match at Wimbledon, no doubt, in front of the Queen and the entire royal family. No pressure for Murray, right? However. If he can beat Roger Federer–one of the greatest of all-time–on the Centre Court grass of Wimbledon, in a year in which London will host the Olympic games…the Queen might as well hand the man her crown.