By Josh Kramer
On Sunday, history will be made at the All England Club. Either Roger Federer will capture a record-tying 7th Wimbledon title, or Andy Murray will become the first native of Great Britain to take home the prestigious Wimbledon crown since Fred Perry did in 1936. By stepping on the court, Murray is already the first native of the host country to play in the final since Bunny Austin back in 1938. Lastly, if Federer wins, he will not only add a record 17th Grand Slam title to his portfolio, he will also make the leap to number one in the world and tie Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top ranked player on the globe.
Talk about a historically significant match at the most tradition-filled tournament of them all.
Andy Murray has an entire country depending on him to end a 76 year drought. Roger Federer is nearly 31-years-old and likely will not have another opportunity to win a Slam like this ever again. The pressure is mounting. Who will crumble under the bright lights of Centre Court at the All England Club?
Julien Benneteau had the one people call the “GOAT” completely flustered eight days ago (Day 5). It appeared arguably the greatest streak in sports history was about to come to a screeching halt. Remember, despite not winning a Grand Slam in 2011, Federer’s streak of consecutive quarterfinals appearances at Grand Slam tournaments remained in tact and has now reached an astonishing 33. Federer may be old, but he will never lose his drive. The guy truly has the heart of a champion. Since the near disaster against Benneteau, Federer has played like the great champion we have all come to know and love over the course of the past decade.
Andy Murray is the greatest player on the tour to never bring home a Grand Slam title. Arguably, he is the “GOAT” of non-Grand Slam winners. Not exactly a distinction that anyone would desire to have. The 25-year-old Murray has now made four Grand Slam finals in his career. Will the fourth time be a charm? An entire country certainly hopes so.
As great as Murray is playing, I can’t fathom Federer letting this golden opportunity for number 17 slip through his fingers. Not only has Federer qualified for 33 consecutive quarterfinals at Grand Slams, he also has played in 23 Grand Slam finals (this will be number 24). It should be known that other than Rafael Nadal, no player has experienced more success against Roger Federer than Andy Murray. Murray is a career 8 and 7 against Fed, but is 0 and 2 in Grand Slam matches, which both happened to be in the finals. Do not expect the third time to be the charm for Murray. Federer will make history and add to his claim as the “GOAT” with his 17th career Grand Slam title, 7th Wimbledon championship, and 286th week as the number one ranked player in the world. Andy Murray has already made history in qualifying for the finals, but will continue on as the “GOAT” of the non-Grand Slam winners.
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