Wimbledon 2012: Roger Federer vs Andy Murray live scores, blog
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2012 Wimbledon Live Scores
Men's Singles, Final
R. Federer won in 4 sets
Andy Murray will bid to become the first British player in over 70 years to win a Grand Slam title when he faces Roger Federer, who is aiming to win Wimbledon for a seventh time, in the 2012 Wimbledon final. Join us for live scores and commentary from 11:00pm AEST.
One of the great failures in British sports may come to an end tonight if Murray can finally go that one step further and claim his first Wimbledon title.
Murray has already played in three grand slam finals and has failed to impress when it’s mattered the most, losing in straight sets in the 2008 US Open final and the 2010 and 2011 Australian Open final.
After fighting his way through a tough draw, Murray now finds himself in his maiden Wimbledon final and is certainly capable of winning tonight given the form that he has showcased thus far in the tournament.
Murray’s last two performances in particular have been mightily impressive, outlasting tenacious opponents David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets respectively.
Despite his impressive form, Murray will have to raise his level yet again if he is to outplay Federer tonight.
Federer was simply outstanding against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, blowing the Serb away with a fabulous array of shotmaking, particularly off his forehand side.
After withstanding a second set onslaught from Djokovic, Federer took control of the match, hitting over 30 winners and producing just over 10 unforced errors.
If the Swiss maestro can pick up from where he left off against Djokovic tonight, Murray will be in for a testing affair as the whole of Britain watches his every swing.
Despite being a gifted counter puncher, Murray will have to go on the front foot against Federer if he is a chance of winning his maiden Wimbledon and grand slam title.
Murray should look to target Federer’s backhand in extended rallies, given that the Swiss player has a tendency to mishit this particular shot when placed under pressure.
The world No.4 should also look to unleash his double handed backhand whenever possible. Murray does possess a brutal backhand when he goes on the offensive but it is a shot that has not seen the light of day when he has contested grand slam finals.
With such expectation firmly on his shoulders, it will be interesting to see how Murray’s mental strength copes today.
Murray is yet to win a set in grand slam finals and could find himself in a whole lot of bother if he were to lose the first set to Federer today.
The Scot has a habit of talking to himself in between points when the going gets tough, so it will be interesting to see if he averts back to such habits when the pressure is on.
Federer’s game plan on the other hand is simple. The Swiss maestro will look to break early and control proceedings with his serve and forehand.
If Federer were to win the first set, the pressure on Murray will intensify, and given his previous performances, it remains to be seen if the British player can fight his way out of trouble against a champion like Federer.
While Murray will try hard, Federer is playing sublime tennis at the moment and his previous success at Wimbledon will no doubt give him the confidence and edge necessary to outplay the Scot yet again.
Federer in four sets.
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