From the opening rounds of the men’s draw to the final on the women’s side, Wimbledon has been a little crazier than most would have anticipated.
The early exits of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer opened up the men’s draw for top seed Novak Djokovic (1) and Andy Murray (2) to traverse the field with little resistance, set to face off Sunday in an anticipated showdown in the final.
Both players were tested recently, Djovokic needing five sets to dispatch Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals and Murray mounting a two-set comeback to pull off a massive win in the quarterfinals.
On the women’s side, No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki came within a match of capping off a truly remarkable Wimbledon showing after upsetting both No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, but her championship hopes were dashed as No. 15 Marion Bartoli cruised in straight sets to secure her first Grand Slam victory in 48 attempts.
Wimbledon’s Twitter feed provided a photo of the two finalists receiving their trophies:
With the women’s draw in the books and one match remaining before a men’s champion is crowned, let’s look ahead to the showdown in the final between Djokovic and Murray, previewing what should be a phenomenal matchup between the top two players in the world.
|Novak Djokovic def. Juan Martin del Potro||7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3|
|Andy Murray def. Jerzy Janowicz||6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3|
|Sabine Lisicki def. Agnieszka Radwanska||6-4, 2-6, 9-7|
|Marion Bartoli def. Kirsten Flipkens||6-1, 6-2|
|Marion Bartoli def. Sabine Lisicki||6-1, 6-4|
|Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray||July 7 at 9 a.m. ET|
*Full tournament results can be found at Wimbledon.com.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 2 Andy Murray
Where: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club; London, England
When: Sunday, July 7, at 9 a.m. ET
Television/Streaming: ESPN and WatchESPN
Despite a couple bumps in the road, Djokovic and Murray find themselves on a collision course for the Wimbledon title, no worse for wear following a couple hard-fought contests in previous rounds.
Djokovic’s five-set duel with del Potro in the semifinals was a thrilling contest, but it was also a tremendous statement from the world No. 1. Djokovic has been masterful throughout the tournament, and he put an exclamation point on it with that victory.
But he’ll have his work cut out for him against Murray, who was also tested in a terrific match late in the tournament.
Murray escaped a quarterfinals matchup with Fernando Verdasco after falling behind two sets in the match. The No. 2 seed rallied back with fourth- and fifth-set victories to seal the deal, but that contest may have served as a wake-up call, as he cruised past Jerzy Janowic in four sets in the semifinals.
Now, Djokovic and Murray will look to use that momentum to their advantage as they continue what has developed into a fantastic rivalry between two of the world’s best. Djokovic has the advantage in their series at 11-7, though Murray holds a 1-0 advantage in grass-court contests.
As well as both players have performed throughout the tournament, it’s nearly impossible to predict what to expect on Sunday. While Djokovic has displayed nearly flawless play from start to finish, Murray’s grit and determination have been impressive, especially in the last two rounds.
Whatever the result, this contest certainly has the makings of a terrific match. Don’t expect either player to run away with it in straight sets.