Roger Federer. When you think of Wimbledon, you think of this name. There is no separating the two. The man has etched his name into the history of Wimbledon in a way that it can never be erased. Roger Federer will yet again feature in a Wimbledon final this Sunday, which will be his record 11th appearance at the All England Club’s center court in a single’s final. If he wins, it will be the Swiss maestro’s 8th Wimbledon title. Right now, him and Pete Sampras co-hold the record with 7 Wimbledon titles each. So, there’s every chance we can be witnessing a historical event this Sunday as Federer might become the only man in the history of Wimbledon to lift the title 8 times. This will also be his record 19th grand slam title and 29th grand slam final appearance.
Federer had been well prepared for this event as he decided to pull out of the French Open and focus all his energies on Wimbledon. His decision is proving out to be a good one as many would suggest it’s nearly impossible to knock Rafael Nadal off his perch at Roland Garros and at this age, Federer made a smart move by prioritizing Wimbledon over Roland Garros where he would have exhausted himself most probably for only a second-place finish. Federer’s great form leading up to Sunday’s final is also a clear indication of him being well rested and well prepared for Wimbledon. He is yet to drop a set by winning all of his matches in straight sets. He did come close to dropping a set twice in the Semifinal against the 11th seeded Tomas Berdych, when the opening two sets went to the tie breaker. But Berdych had no answer for the great man’s class as Federer broke his serve in the final set and went on to win with the score of 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. By the looks of it, there will be no stopping the great Roger Federer unless the other finalist, Marin Cilic plays the game of his life.
Cilic is into his second grand slam final after he was crowned the champion at the only grand slam final he has appeared in at 2014 US Open. On way to his second final, the big Croat defeated Sam Querrey of USA in the semifinal match that lasted a little over two hours and 4 sets. The last time, Federer and Cilic met was in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year where Federer defeated him in a 5-set thriller. While in the 2014 US Open semifinal, Cilic outclassed Roger Federer in straight sets. He will be hoping to repeat that performance on Sunday. Head to head, Federer has a great record against Cilic. They have faced each other 7 times, with Federer losing only once.
Federer would be relying on his exquisite movement, speed and his out-of-the-world forehands. He is moving better than we have ever seen and that’s saying something for the man who will be celebrating his 36th birthday next month. With the 28-year-old Cilic relying on his brutal serves and two-handed backhands, it looks like an intriguing contest and hopefully, the fans will get to see a great game of tennis.
At the beginning of the tournament, the kind of form French Open champion Rafael Nadal was in, led everyone to believe he would be playing the final against Roger Federer. Rafa however, was undone by Giller Muller in what can only be described as the match of the tournament so far. The thrilling game lasted for nearly 5 hours. The grueling final set alone lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes and 28 games. Nadal had to come back from 2 sets down, winning the next two and finally succumbing in the final set after having saved four match-points. The final score was 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13.
The defending champion Andy Murray bowed out at the hands of Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals, he didn’t look particularly comfortable in the final two sets. Former champion Novak Djokovic was forced out after being retired hurt in his quarterfinal game against Tomas Berdych.
And on women's front, in the battle of Wimbledon's past glory and future, Garbine Muguruza came out victorious after thrashing the five times champion Venus Williams in straight sets.
Garbine Muguruza was hardly a year old when Venus turned pro in 1994. Yesterday, what she featured in was her second Wimbledon final after she lost to the younger Williams sister in the 2015 finale. She went on to register her first grandslam trophy the following year after beating Serena Williams in the 2016 French open final.
Ranked 15th and Seeded 14th for this tournament, the Spaniard will move to the 5th spot once the rankings are released.
Roger Federer and Venus Williams are the legends of the game and regardless of the results of the finals, they have proven that if you love what you do, apply yourself with hard work and dedication, age is indeed just a number.
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