Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wimbledon: Men's Final Preview

As predicted by a lot of people when the draw came out two weeks ago, Roger Federer will try and go for history once again reaching his 7th consecutive Wimbledon final. And he will go up against a guy named Andy, though not the one a lot of people thought.

Andy Roddick ended Britain's great hope of having a homegrown Wimbledon champion when he defeated Andy Murray in four thrilling sets. So many people downplayed Roddick's chances against Murray, but it was Roddick who had the last response as he broke down on the green lawns of Wimbledon relieved to have another chance at that elusive Wimbleton title.

Like Robin Soderling at the French Open, however, Roddick is going against the tides of history since the only way for him to win is to beat Federer who has defeated him 18 out of 20 times they have played against one another. Worst news for Roddick? Federer is 7-0 against him in Grand Slam matches with Roddick only winning two sets total.

With history, and now presumably, the crowd behind him, Federer will be playing freely and with lots of confidence. His form has been superb this fortnight having only lost one set and only been broken three times. With this form, he took down Tommy Haas in straight sets punctuated by an overhead smash.

With all of that said, I am predicting Federer to win this title. If it was Murray in the final rather than Roddick, I'd be less confident, but still give it to Federer. With Roddick though, those 2-18 record and 0-7 in Grand Slams are fairly strong indicators of how it will unfold this Sunday. As a Federer fan, I can't wait.

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