Wimbledon 2012: Complete Guide to This Weekend's Gentlemens and Ladies Finals

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Wimbledon 2012: Complete Guide to This Weekend's Gentlemens and Ladies Finals
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This weekend, the best of the ladies and gentlemen of Wimbledon will battle it out to claim the 2012 title as best player on grass. The Championships at Wimbledon are far and away the most celebrated of all the tournaments over the course of the tennis year. 

In a tournament that gained its renown from the great native players from the United Kingdom, it is players from far and wide who now stand face-to-face in virtual draw position, launching tennis balls at one another all to stake their claim to the most important championship in tennis. 

In the ladies draw, No. 6 seed Serena Williams (USA) advanced to her seventh final in London, as she broke the ace record for a single match with 24 over world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka

Williams has been dominant over the course of this tournament and knocked off the one player Thursday who had a legitimate shot to defeat her. 

But Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) stands in her way Saturday at the All England Club, looking to win her first career grand slam. She has 10 career victories and is the third-ranked player in women's tennis.

Both ladies are playing well (obviously if you're in a Wimbledon final). As good as Williams was in her win over  Azarenka, Radwanska was even better in her victory against Angelique Kerber. In her straight set win, she lost only seven games (Williams lost nine). 

Williams is going for her fifth career Wimbledon title, which would instantly make her one of the most illustrious players in the tournament's history. 

Also of note, Williams is 30-years-old, while Radwanska is 23. 

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On the gentlemen's side, things look pretty familiar to long-time Wimbledon observers, at least on one end. That's because Roger Federer is making his eighth finals appearance. He is going for his seventh title, which would tie him with the great Pete Sampras. 

Just like Williams, Federer is 30 years of age, and seemingly his best tennis was behind him. With a win on Sunday at the All England Club, the Swiss No. 3 player in the world would vault himself back into the No. 1 overall spot ahead of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. 

Much like the man Andy Murray just defeated in the semifinals (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), this Brit has never won a grand slam event, though he's been to three finals (2008 US Open and 2010, 2011 Australian Open). He lost to Federer in the 2010 version down in Australia.

With Murray in the finals though, there is something much bigger in play. Murray is attempting to become the first British gentleman to capture the Wimbledon crown since Fred Perry in 1936. And he would become the first Brit of either gender to win since Virginia Wade in 1975.

With Murray trying to erase all the pains of British tennis that has lasted  for more than 35 years, and Federer looking to tie a legend, Sunday's final is full of intrigue. It promises to be one of the most watched Wimbledon finals in quite some time.

All of England will be watching, that is almost certain.  

 

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