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Wimbledon 2012 Final Preview: Roger Federer or Andy Murray?

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bill-swift - July 7, 2012

Could this really be the year? Will a Brit finally life up the Wimbledon Championship trophy? Well, despite Andy Murray performing some absolute heroics over the last 11 days to get to Sunday's game, this will be his hardest match of the tournament so far.

Roger Federerwas magnificent in his defeat of world number one and last year's Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, showing that despite being close to his 31st birthday, he still had the youthful vigour of a much younger player.

However Murray has had to overcome several tricky encounters to reach the final, with both his Quarter-Final and Semi-Final displays against David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga showing how well he has grown over the last decade.

But who is in the best position to win the championship on Sunday?

Roger Federer vs Andy Murray - If Federer was to beat Murray on Sunday, he would shoot back to the top of the Tennis rankings and thus would overtake Pete Sampras as the longest serving number one in the sport's history. When looking at these two competitors head to head record, Murray has defeated Federer 8 times to 7, in their 15 matches. But when they have faced each other before in Grand Slam finals it is Federer who has come out on top.

In 2008 at the US Open, the Swiss genius easily defeated the Scot in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-2, and then in the 2010 Australian Open final it was much of the same story as Fed came out on top again 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. So, what does Andy need to do if overcome Roger?

Well, if he can get off to a great start, by breaking serve early and then taking the first set, he can begin to dictate play. But if Federer starts to dominate the match it is almost impossible to break his rhythm. It's going to be an incredibly tight encounter but I have a feeling that Murray is going to come out on top in four sets.

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