Federer reaches eighth Wimbledon final, faces Murray in historic battle
July 6, 2012 · Print This Article
No. 3 seed Roger Federer reached his eighth Wimbledon final after he pulled in a great serving performance to oust defending champion Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Striking 12 aces and winning 31 percent of his first serve points, Federer used his forehand and net game when required to off-set his Serbian opponent. Losing six of the last seven meetings against Djokovic, Federer improved on his quarterfinal finishes in 2011 and 2010. Needing two hour and 19 minutes to advance, Federer broke Djokovic’s serve on three occasions while striking 31 winners.
Attempting to regain the No. 1 ranking in the world if he wins the title, Federer will also tie Pete Sampras’ record of 285 weeks at the top spot if he can defeat Brit, Andy Murray.
Murray became the first British player in 74 years since Bunny Austin to reach the finals by ousting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Playing with a sense of urgency that had eluded him in previous years, Murray blasted nine aces, but the stat of the day saw the No. 4 seed keep Tsonga to 32 percent of his second serves won.
Losing to Federer in three previous grand slam finals, Murray has shown improved confidence and power in his forehand since joining forces with his latest coach, Ivan Lendl.
Murray currently leads the pair’s head-to-head 8-7, but Federer has won their last two meetings. The pair have never played on any surface except hard-court.
The men’s final will take place at 8am EST on Sunday. The women’s final between Serena Williams vs. Agnieszka Radwanksa.