If you just tuned into Wimbledon, you will see that the top two seeds have come through their draw and will clash in the final. But this Championship has been anything but normal! An upset laden tournament, many top seeds slipped, fell, got injured and/or got knocked out. No tournament guarantees an easy victory for any top player least of all a Grand Slam but for so many to be knocked out, it was simply extraordinary. All Grand Slams have its share of upsets but one where both Nadal and Federer failed to make it to the third round will go down in history as one of the most surreal Majors ever.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray deserve to be in the Wimbledon final but there nearly didn’t make it. Firstly, Murray went down 2 sets in his quarterfinal against Verdasco but clawed his way back in. then in the semi-final, he lost the opening set to Janowicz before weathering the big lanky Pole to advance to the final. Djokovic had a more commanding run to the semis but he ran into a red hot Del Potro. The towering giant threw everything he had at the world number one despite a bad knee including several of his rocket forehands that left his opponent flat on the ground. However Djokovic twisted, turned, stretched and eventually weathered the storm in 5 sets and the longest Wimbledon semi in history to advance to the final.
So, the simple question now to ask is who will win? Both the Serb and the Scot have shown before that they can do it although the Serb has shown it much more often. Murray will have the crowd behind him and it might bother Djokovic if the crowd turns against him by cheering on his errors. Murray won their lone clash on grass and the surface should suit him, but Nole is Nole and you can never count him out, just ask Federer.
Murray needs to bring his A game and play attacking tennis. If he is in his usual defensive mode, then Novak will easily out manoeuvre and over power him. Andy got out his initial tangle in his last two matches by going for winners and actually making them. With both players being excellent returners, the serve will be key. Free points on serve will be crucial and will make a difference. Neither player comes to the net often and for that reason, volleying away a few winners won’t be bad either.
These two know each other for a long time and were born just a week apart. Everyone knows what each can bring to the table. Djokovic winning Wimbledon for the second time will cement his legacy as one the greats of the game. But Murray winning it would be a truly earth shattering event given that there is 77 year wait for a British champ at Wimbledon! The whole country might just go wild if Murray were to win it and I for one would love to experience that madness even it goes way over the top! 🙂