Prior to writing my preview and prediction of the championship match, I think it is important to note that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the two people leading the tour on a week-in and week-out basis. Rafael Nadal still rules clay. There is no disputing that. Roger Federer has lost a lot of consistency, but maybe his adjusted schedule will give him the requisite match play to be sharper. David Ferrer is 20-4 in the past 4 Grand Slam events. Juan Martin del Potro looks to be returning to elite form so long as he remains healthy. Jerzy Janowicz is a young player on the rise. All of these things matter when looking at the tour today.
Still, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have become the trend setters for tennis excellence. Consider the following:
2012 Australian Open semifinal Novak Djokovic d. Andy Murray in 5 sets and Novak went on to win the titler
2012 Olympic Games semifinal Andy Murray d. Novak Djokovic in 2 sets and Andy went on to win the Gold Medal
2012 US Open final Andy Murray d. Novak Djokovic in 5 sets
2013 Australian Open final Novak Djokovic d. Andy Murray in 4 sets
2013 Wimbledon final 1 Novak Djokovic vs. 2 Andy Murray ????
3 of the past 4 majors have ended with these two players facing off for the title.
The Fedal Era was amazing. The Rafole Era lasted from the 2010 US Open through the 2012 French Open. Andy Murray has reached the championship round of four of the past five majors and won an Olympic Gold. Nole has reached the final of three of the past five majors and won the World Tour Finals. The new Djokurray Era (just rolls off of the tongue) is here, enjoy it.