After four straight Grand Slam finals between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, Sunday's Wimbledon final will be very different, but no less compelling.
Centre court will host a match between one of the greatest competitors the sport has ever known, for whom a win would mean equaling two of the sport's records; and one of tennis's most compelling young players, the home-court favorite who is the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final in more than 70 years.
The match will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, July 8, with coverage beginning at 9:00 AM eastern time. ESPN subscribers can also view the match on ESPN3, the free online streaming service, via ESPN.com or the WatchESPN iPhone and iPad apps.
For those watching in the United Kingdom, BBC One will begin coverage at 12:55 PM, with Sue Barker introducing the coverage.
Roger Federer reached the finals after knocking off the No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, defeating the reigning Wimbledon champ in three out of four sets. A win in the finals would be Federer's seventh Wimbledon championship, tying Pete Sampras for the all-time record.
A victory would also return Federer to the No. 1 world ranking, once again tying a Sampras record of 286 weeks as No. 1. More than just records are on the line for Federer, as a victory would be his first Grand Slam championship in more than two years, and would prove that he is still atop the men's game.
Andy Murray is the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938. He defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to earn the right to play in his fourth career Grand Slam final. Though the Wimbledon crowd has a great deal of respect and love for Federer, Murray will be the clear home-court favorite.
No matter who wins the match, history will be made at the All England Club on Sunday. This is truly a must-watch event for all lovers of tennis.
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