Friday, July 6, 2012

74 Years in the Making

The Union Jack and Brits are flying high today at Wimbledon as Andy Murray became the first Brit in 74 years to make it to a singles final at the All England Club. This year, Brits placed their hopes on Murray and he delivered.

It wasn't easy for Murray, who jumped out to a quick 2 sets to love lead over Jo-Wilifred Tsonga. Tsonga, showed real grit and determination, bouncing back to win the 3rd set in relatively easy fashion. Tsonga then battled Murray throughout the 4th and final set.

When Murray, broke Tsonga's serve midway through the 4th set, it looked like the match was over. Tsonga had other plans and broke Murray right back. From there, they traded holding serve until the 12th game of the 4th set.

With Murray holding a 6-5 games advantage, all that was left for Tsonga to send the 4th set into a tie break was to hold his serve. Murray, didn't let that happen and broke Tsonga to make history. The place went crazy or as crazy as one can get at the All England Club. Fans outside of the main court were celebrating this momentous moment in British sport.

I was born in London and I'm happy that a Brit finally broke through to the finals. It's not going to be easy for Murray to win a Wimbledon title. In fact, it will be an epic upset if he were to win. He will have to beat one of the greatest tennis players in Roger Federer.

Federer is no stranger to Wimbledon finals or championships. This is Roger's 8th Wimbledon final. In fact, Federer has won 6 Wimbedon championships. Federer beat last year's champion, Novak Djokovic, which was no joke for Novak.

This should be a great final. Murray, gunning for his first Wimbledon title and Federer, wanting to reclaim what has been his 6 times. Should Federer win his 7th title, he will tie Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (Won last title in 1889) for most Wimbledon titles.

I think Federer will win. He's got more experience and he's a great player. He's shown no real sign of letting up. He won this title 2 yeas go. If Murray is to win the title, he will need to find something from witin. This won't be about pure skill alone. It will be about guts, determination and will.

It was 76 years ago, when Fred Perry laid claim to a title. Is the United Kingdom due a title? I think so. It would be a great moment for tennis and sports if Murray found a way to win a Wimbledon title on his home turf, in the most prestigious of tennis tournaments.

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