06 Jul 2013

Murray one win away from making history

Match Report

Photo: Paul ZimmerAndy Murray (GBR)

The men's singles final at 2013 Wimbledon will be contested by the top two seeds and if it is half as good as Friday's semifinals the crowd will be in for a treat.

Novak Djokovic will play Andy Murray in a repeat of the 2012 US Open final and the 2013 Australian Open final on Sunday but there has never been so much at stake for the No. 2 seed Scotsman.

Murray is bidding to end Britain's 77-year wait for a homegrown men's singles champion and he will be desperate to make amends for falling at the final hurdle against Roger Federer last year.

Friday's semifinals were examples of tennis at its most dramatic. Djokovic came through an entralling and, at times, brutal encounter with Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, winning 75 47 76(2) 67(8) 63.

Djokovic was troubled by the Argentine's massive forehand all afternoon, but the Serbian's movement and consistent play from the back of the court eventually proved the difference in a match that had the Centre Court crowd on its feet at regular intervals such was the quality of the tennis on display.

Murray, meanwhile, spent less time on court than his fellow finalist but his semifinal encounter with the big-serving Jerzy Janowicz was no less troublesome.

Janowicz took the first set in a tie break and looked to be in pole position to move two-sets-to-one up when he led 4-1 in the third but Murray reeled off five games in a row to take the advantage.

That momentum was nipped in the bud, however, when the decision was made to close the Centre Court roof. Murray responded well, though, and clinched the match 67(2) 64 64 63 to book his place in a second consecutive Wimbledon final.

The International Tennis Federation provides men's information to the media at Grand Slam events. For a full list of this year's notes click here.