Federer vs Murray Men's Wimbledon Final 2012: Start Time, Live Stream & More
The English crowd will be behind Andy Murray, but tomorrow will be Roger Federer's day. Serena Williams proved 30 years old is not too old to own Wimbledon today, and Federer will prove 30 isn't too old to be called the men's Wimbledon champion.
Both men will be attempting to make history.
Federer could become the first male Wimbledon champion after the age of 30 since Arthur Ashe won at 32 in 1975. He would be only the third man ever to complete the task.
He'd also tie a record with his seventh Wimbledon title.
To top off all the historic achievements, Federer would regain the No. 1 ranking in the world for the first time since 2010.
Murray has already made history.
He is the first Englishman to reach the final in 74 years, and were he to beat Federer, he'd become the first British champion in 76 years.
Needless to say, much is on the line for this match. This is a must-see for any tennis fan, and most sports fans in general. Here's how you can watch, and some deeper analysis:
When: Sunday, July 8 at 9 a.m. EDT
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England
What a Federer Win Would Mean
If Fed pulls off this victory, it cements his place as the greatest player in the last 30 years, and possibly ever. The seven Wimbledon titles would be awesome; so too would be the 17 Grand Slams and the 75 singles titles.
But the most impressive thing about this potential win is his age.
To go through the No. 1 player in the world at age 30 is amazing. Furthermore, to have maintained enough consistency, through a "down" period to remain in striking distance for the No. 1 ranking is even more incredible.
Federer's longevity and brilliance would get the ultimate stamp of approval with this win.
What a Murray Win Would Mean
The drought would be over. Even though Murray was technically born in Scotland, he is a resident and citizen of the UK.
This could be the beginning of a nice run for Murray. He's only 25, so he could be a perennial contender at the All England Club for the next four to five years.
He could represent the first sustained and realistic hope of a British champion at Wimbledon for some time.
Head to Head
Murray actually holds a one match advantage over Federer head-to-head. He has won eight of their 15 meetings, but Federer has won the last two. That includes a victory earlier this year in the finals at Dubai.
Federer has had the clear advantage in Grand Slams. They have met in two Grand Slam finals and Federer has taken both. He knocked off Murray in 2008 at the U.S. Open, and in 2010 at the Australian Open.
Clearly, there is no decided advantage for either man heading into the final. Here is a video showing Federer knock off Murray in the 2010 Aussie Open, which was Federer's last Grand Slam title:
Who will you root for?
Which Is the Better Story?
It depends on whom you ask, but from my vantage point Federer has more on the line here. His time as an elite player has far fewer days than Murray.
He's already accomplished so much, but Murray has time to carry the flag for England at its beloved tournament.
I'll be rooting for Federer to win this match, and I don't see him disappointing.
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