Wimbledon 2013 Men's Final: TV Schedule, Start Time and Live Stream Info

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 5, 2013

Will Novak Djokovic foil Andy Murray's bid at a maiden Wimbledon title—much to the chagrin of London's fans?
Will Novak Djokovic foil Andy Murray's bid at a maiden Wimbledon title—much to the chagrin of London's fans?Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The 2013 Wimbledon Championships have featured all sorts of incredible upsets, but on the men's side of the draw, the top two seeds, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, managed to weather the storm. Thanks to well-earned victories on Friday, the two will meet in the final of the season's third Grand Slam tournament at London's All England Club this impending Sunday.

Djokovic is the top seed. He hadn't lost a set entering his semifinal encounter with an equally hot Juan Martin del Potro. The eighth-seeded Argentine gave the Serbinator all he could handle, but Djokovic prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3.

It was hard to see anyone lose the longest men's semifinal in Wimbledon history, and a visibly dejected del Potro was undoubtedly devastated to come out on the losing end. To his credit, Djokovic was empathetic immediately afterwards:

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Meanwhile, an enormous amount of pressure has been on Murray throughout, as Great Britain hopes it can cheer on a native winner of this prestigious event. He hasn't made it easy on himself, but Murray did grind out a win over Polish No. 24 upstart Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

The victory wasn't without controversy, though, as the length of the prior match caused the Centre Court roof to be retracted. It happened after Murray roared back from 4-1 down in the third set to win five straight games.

To say Murray wasn't pleased would be a massive understatement:

In the end, everything worked out, and Murray overcame the halted momentum to take command for the remainder of the match.

Now that the Djokovic-Murray showdown that all have been anticipating is set, let's take a look at when and where to catch the action in what should be a thrilling final match.

Note: Statistics and information, unless otherwise indicated, are courtesy of Wimbledon.com.

When: Sunday, July 7 at 9 a.m. ET

Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London


Live Stream: ESPN 3

Men's Final TV Schedule

Programming Coverage (ET) Channel
Breakfast at Wimbledon 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ESPN
Men's Final 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPN

*TV schedule information was obtained from ESPN.com.

Men's Championship Preview

As far as the all-time series is concerned, Djokovic leads Murray 11-7, according to ESPN's Friday telecast. In Grand Slam finals, Djokovic won the 2011 Australian Open final in three sets and this year's in four, while Murray beat the Djoker in the 2012 U.S. Open for his first Grand Slam title, per MatchStat.com.

The 2011 Wimbledon champion has gotten it done in the final before, while Murray's only trip last year resulted in a four-set loss to seven-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer.

Both players had to overcome significant adversity in their semifinal matches, and Murray could have easily been in for his second consecutive five-setter. Thankfully, once he applied the pressure in the third set and relentlessly chased every powerful ground stroke Janowicz hit, the underdog started to become more error-prone.

That led to a tactical change for Janowicz. Despite his incredible power, he hit drop shots with far more frequency, and Murray ran them down and hit winners into the open court.

Murray wound up with 49 winners to just 15 unforced errors and no errors in the fourth and final set. His counterpart had matching numbers in those categories: 43 winners to a whopping 43 errors.

Janowicz also gifted Murray with 11 double faults—including two in the final game—and was out-aced 20-9, with the No. 2-seeded Scotsman committing only one double fault.

On the other hand, the battle Djokovic endured was an instant classic that could have gone either way. He gets slightly longer to rest, but it certainly pushed him to the limit, as he articulated when the win was secured:

The only prior match Murray and Djokovic played on grass was in 2012 at the All England Club, when Murray won 7-5, 7-5 en route to the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.

Other than Djokovic, though, del Potro had been playing the best tennis this year at Wimbledon of anyone—Murray included.

Even though Murray raised his game to decisively take down Janowicz, look for Djokovic to play spoiler to the home crowd's hopes and defeat Murray in what should be a match for the ages.

Prediction: Djokovic wins—7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 9-7


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