History was made last night as Andy Murray became the first British Male to reach the final of Wimbledon since 1938. Bunny Austin was the last male Brit to accomplish this feat 74 years ago. After Nadal left the tournament in the Third round, many suspected this year would be Murray’s best chance of reaching the final. He has looked assured and in good-form this year, even though he suffered a slight wobble against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. However, Murray pulled through to secure a 3-1 win a set up his first Wimbledon Final. Standing in the way of Murray joining Fred Perry is possibly the greatest grass court player of all time and probably the coolest guy in sport – Roger Federer. He is almost, if not more popular with the Wimbledon crowd than Murray. This was summed up by the shouts of “love you Roger” during his surprisingly comfortable victory against Novak Djokovic. He has looked superb this year and knocked out Djokovic with consummate ease due to his impressive serves and aggressive forehand.
Regardless of the outcome history will be made tomorrow. Murray is chasing the first British win since Perry in 1936 whilst Federer is aiming to join Pete Sampras in winning seven Wimbledon titles and can retake the No.1 World ranking. Federer goes into this match as clear favourite being priced at 1.53 with PaddyPower amongst others. Meanwhile, Murray is priced at 2.75 with Boylesports and Stan James. It could be worth noting that Murray is not the only Brit in a Wimbledon final – Jonathan Marray is in the Mens doubles final with partner Nielson. This is worth noting because the last time a Brit won the Men's singles title at Wimbledon, a British male also won the Men's doubles. Could history repeat itself?
In the head-to-heads Murray unbelievably has the edge at 8-7. However, Federer has won the last two grand-slam finals without Murray picking up a single set. Federer to win 3-0 could be worth a bet at prices of 3.5 with Skybet (3.57 at Betfair). However, if Murray can get to Federer’s backhand and hope that his service game isn’t as strong as it was in the semi-final he could have a chance. Some people seem to have a problem with Murray due to his not quite charismatic press conferences and his almost churlish attitude. I will be definitely cheering on the Scot and hope he can at least put in a performance to be proud of, even if he isn’t able to overcome the class-act that is Roger Federer.