Saturday, July 7, 2012

2012 Wimbledon: The Final: No. 3 vs. No. 4

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The Semifinals:
  • No. 3 Roger Federer defeats No. 1 Novak Djokovic (6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3)
  • No. 4 Andy Murray defeats No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5)

The Final: World No. 3 Roger Federer vs. World No. 4 Andy Murray
  • For Roger Federer, this is his 8th Wimbledon final, an Open Era record. He is looking to tie Pete Sampras' record of 7 Wimbledon titles. If he wins, this will also be his 17th Grand Slam title in 24 career Grand Slam finals, both Open Era records. He will also take over the World No. 1 ranking from current No. 1 Novak Djokovic. It will be Federer's 286th overall week at No. 1 tying Pete Sampras' all-time record. For the great Federer, the list of mind-boggling accomplishments goes on and on.
  • For Andy Murray, this is his first-ever Wimbledon final. It's also his 4th overall Grand Slam final, currently he is 0-3. But perhaps most importantly, he is the first host-countryman to play in the Wimbledon final in 74 years. Yes, 74 years. He is looking for Great Britain's first Grand Slam title (of any kind) since 1936. There's no doubt the 25-year old Briton has the weight of an entire nation on his shoulders. 
But regardless of who wins, lots of history will be made.

As for current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic--

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You may ask, how can anyone who's won 4 of the last 7 majors be at risk of losing their No. 1 ranking? Well, the way the system works, Djokovic has to defend all the ranking points he accumulated in his out-of-this-world 2011 season. He was so dominant last year that no mere mortal can keep up with that pace, not even him. As a result, he's losing ranking points rather than gaining. Federer (if he wins Wimbledon) would catch up to him and pass him by 75 points (11,075 to 11,000). Fair? Maybe not, but that's the nature of the business.

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