Federer Upsets Djokovic, To Face Murray In Epic Wimbledon Final
For anyone that fills out a Wimbledon bracket (and nobody does), chances are you don’t pencil in this Final. Roger Federer upset Novak Djokovic today, while Andy Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to become the first British man in a Wimbledon singles final in 74 years. The two men will meet Sunday in a Wimbledon final littered with storylines.
Both men won their matches in 4 sets. The 30-year old Federer beat the number one ranked player in the world 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 under the roof on Centre Court to reach a modern-era record eighth Wimbledon final. Murray edged out Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to reach his first Wimbledon final.
For Murray, he doesn’t have history on his side. The last British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936, while the last Brit to reach the final was Bunny Austin in 1938. The majority of the crowd will be rooting for Murray in Sunday’s epic final, but it won’t be easy.
“It will be one of the biggest matches of my life,” Murray explained. “I’ve had experience with Roger in finals of Slams before, and to use that to my advantage and learn from my mistakes and also the things he did well — it’s going to be a very tough match. He’s playing great tennis as always. Yeah, I’ve very excited.”
Federer is aiming for his 17th Major championship in his 24th major final. If he defeats Murray in the final, he’ll take the No. 1 ranking from Djokovic, equaling Pete Sampras‘ record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player.
“There’s obviously a lot on the line for me in terms of winning here, the all-time Grand Slam record, world No. 1,” Federer noted. “I’m also going into that match with some pressure, but I’m excited about it. That’s what I play for.”
Tennis fans everywhere will be watching as Federer could conceivably be going for his one last shot at a championship, while Murray tries to win his first with his entire nation on his back.