Wimbledon 2013: Day 13 Schedule, Matchups and Predictions
It's been almost 80 years since a British man has won Wimbledon. What's one more day of waiting.
Despite the spate of upsets throughout all of Wimbledon 2013, the men's final features the top two seeds. No. 1 Djokovic needed five sets in the semifinal to get past eighth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, while No. 2 Murray had a slightly easier time, beating No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz in four sets.
It possibly could have been better to have either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the final, but seeing the best player in the world against the best Briton in the world is an equally enthralling Wimbledon match.
The Associated Press' Rob Harris noted that the stars may just be aligning for Murray.
Last British Wimbledon singles winner: Virginia Wade in '77 Years since British man won Wimbledon: 77 Date of Sunday's final: 7/7— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) July 6, 2013
The home crowd is going to be absolutely raucous for every Murray winner and unforced error for Djokovic. Tennis matches are a generally calm affairs. With this one, though, you can throw manners and etiquette out the window.
Even casual tennis fans will probably get behind Murray if only to see what might be the reaction of James Bond himself. Many will remember Sean Connery's fist pump at the 2012 US Open as Murray was winning his first Grand Slam title.
No matter what the result, it should be a very entertaining few hours of tennis.
Here's a quick preview and prediction for this massive final.
When: Sunday, July 7, at 9 a.m. ET
Where: All England Club, London, England
Live Stream: ESPN3
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 2 Andy Murray
For 14 days every year, there is no more important Briton than Andy Murray. Then, the other 351 days a year, he's simply Scottish.
It's always fun to watch the hometown guy win, and that enjoyment is increased tenfold when watching a British player at Wimbledon. The fans are so starved for a winner.
In the past, it was Tim Henman that the British fans had to rally around. Henman was a good player, but you never got the feeling that he had a great chance of winning the title. He made four Wimbledon semifinals in his career, and that's as close as he got.
With Murray, you know that he's capable of breaking the duck.
He lost to Federer in four sets at last year's final, and then beat him for the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
On the other side, you've got Novak Djokovic, who will be playing the the villain. There are plenty of fans out there who already don't like Djokovic, so he's not going to be afraid to embrace the role. It would only be better if he had a fiendish mustache.
It's too bad tennis is more civilized, because it would be great to really hear the fans at Wimbledon really hound the Djoker at every opportunity.
Djokovic is unquestionably the best player in the world right now. He won the 2013 Australian Open and has made it to at least the semifinal in each of the last 13 Grand Slams.
In terms of the head-to-head matchup, Djokovic has the edge, winning 11 of the 18 meetings between the two. Murray, however, did win their only matchup on grass, at the All England Club during the 2012 Olympics, and he also beat Djokovic last year at Flushing Meadows.
Despite being the underdog in terms of seeding, Murray might actually be the favorite heading into the final. He's got the sentimental vote and is playing some very good tennis right now.
However, it's going to be Djokovic who prevails.
The 26-year-old is coming off a physically grueling semifinal. Some of that fatigue might carry over to the final. With Djokovic, though, you trust that he's got enough left in the tank for one more match.
Who wins this final?
Playing on grass helps to blunt some of Djokovic's power. That will be a nice advantage for Murray as it gives him more opportunity to keep points going and drain Djokovic's energy.
Murray has had problems keeping his emotions in check, though. He'll be especially on edge with the home crowd behind him. If things start going wrong, they could go wrong in a big way.
Djokovic is going to frustrate Murray as the match goes on.
He's the better player, and that will shine through in the later sets. Murray might start to look good early, but it's going to be Djokovic who's going to continue playing strong throughout.
Djokovic will have the right amount of power and placement to end points early, thus saving himself for the latter stages of the match.
There are a lot of things that need to go right for Murray in order for him to win. Unfortunately, it probably won't happen.
Prediction: Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-3
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