Murray vs. Federer: Why Men's Wimbledon Final Will Be Historic

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Andy Murray of Great Britain signs autographs for fans during a practice session on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Wimbledon's final matchup between Andy Murray and Roger Federer is going to be epic. Two of the world's best tennis players, who have a documented history, are going to make history one way or another.

Murray leads the all-time head-to-head series 8-7, but has lost the last two times he's faced "The Swiss Maestro." Federer has also defeated Murray in their two Grand Slam final meetings.

The history attached to this match is unavoidable. Let's break it down according to what each player is trying to accomplish.


Andy Murray

Murray is trying to become the first British champion at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The magnitude of this achievement goes without saying, and it won't be lost on Murray.

He's gained a reputation as one of tennis' frequent underachievers. He has lost in five Grand Slam finals or semifinals in his professional career. He's all too used to seeing the title in front of him, but coming up just short when it matters most.

Murray is unable to get over the hump because of the stellar play of the three players ranked ahead of him and his inability to step up when the moment matters the most. He's an excellent all-around tennis player, but his lack of power betrays him when the biggest matches come about.

The British hopeful holds the all-time advantage over Federer, but this is the most pressure he's faced.

He literally has the weight of a nation on his back. Great Britain is hungry for a title, and it expects him to deliver.


Roger Federer

Federer is seeking his 17th Grand Slam championship. More importantly, he's looking to win his seventh career Wimbledon title. A victory would tie him with Pete Sampras for the most Wimbledon titles ever.

There's no doubting "FedEx's" reputation on grass courts, but this win would seal the deal. In technical terms he still trails Sampras, but this would put that argument out the window.

Many people have written Federer off. He's not getting any younger and his better days are behind him, but that doesn't mean Centre Court isn't still his domain.

The history involved in this match makes it must-watch TV. Each player is fighting for a prize bigger than the match itself and emotions will be running high.

Make sure you tune in to ESPN at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday to catch all the action.