Will it be this?
Novak Djokovic has reached his 11th major final and looks to claim his 7th major title. Andy Murray has reached his 7th major final and looks to claim his 2nd major title. For the 3rd time in the past 52 weeks, these two men will battle in Grand Slam final. Murray won the 2012 US Open, and Djokovic won the 2013 Australian Open. This is a tiebreak of sorts. If Nole wins, he tightens his grasp on the top of the sport and sets up a run at 3 consecutive years finished at number one. If Murray wins, he could rightly claim to have had the best 52 week span on tour and can build momentum toward his first stint at number one. Djokovic leads their head-to-head meetings 11-7, but Murray owns the only win on grass. Murray has won 4 titles on grass to Novak’s one (Wimbledon 2011).
Anytime the top two seeds face off in the final of one of tennis’ biggest events it is a treat for the fans. Murray looking to be the first man from the UK to win Wimbledon since 1936 adds an extra layer of drama for the crowd in the seats. I will not expect the polite crowd that nodded in respect toward Federer even as it generally pulled for Murray last year. I also don’t expect the crowd to be quite as wild as it was during the Olympic championship match last year. Will Djokovic relish his role as spoiler? Will Murray be lifted by the fans? This is a potential instant classic.
These are the top two return men in the game. Each man could claim to have the best two-handed backhand in the game as well. They are both exceptionally quick. Djokovic is 6’2″, and Murray is 6’3″. Their games are quite similar. To my mind, Djokovic is a better returner and has the better backhand of the two, but those differences are negligible. Djokovic’s second serve and forehand are stronger than Murray’s. Murray’s first serve is bigger than Novak’s. Both guys have good touch around the court, but I think Murray has a little more feel and nuance than Novak does. Novak is one of the most mentally tough players on tour. Since Ivan Lendl came on board, Andy Murray has won his 1st Grand Slam title and a Gold medal as well as posting 2 Grand Slam runner-up finishes and a five set loss to Djokovic at the 2012 Australian Open semifinal.
My Prediction: Their defensive capabilities mean fans should be treated to a number of extended points. This match should go at least 4 sets so fans can appreciate how much court each man covers. There is an old saying in tennis emphasizing the importance of a player’s return of serve and second serve. I see Novak as being stronger in these two phases of the game than Murray. If the crowd does not throw Novak, I think he will win his second Wimbledon title 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.