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Not sure how many people are tennis fans. However if you are you know this event is huge. Andy Murray made the Wimbledon finals and event that has not happen since 1938 and winner since 1936. Yep the host of the event has not had a winner 76 years.

 

 

 

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How big a deal is the 76-year British drought at Wimbledon? The English are willing to adopt a Scotsman as their own if it means snapping one of the most ignominious losing streaks in sports. (They have a saying in the UK: If Andy Murray wins, he's British. If he loses, he's Scottish.)

Murray is the biggest thing going in a nation 12 days out from hosting an Olympics. The Saltire will fly at Downing Street on Sunday. Kate Middleton will make a repeat appearance at Centre Court and people are legitimately upset that Queen Elizabeth and Prince William can't rearrange their schedules to be there too. Papers are printing front pages like this:

 

It sounds crazy to ask, but is it possible that there's less pressure on Andy Murray than there is Roger Federer? At 30, Federer is looking to earn his record-tying seventh Wimbledon and ascend to No. 1, tying him with Pete Sampras with most weeks with the top ranking in history. Murray can tell himself that he'll have other opportunities to win at Wimbledon. Federer's clock is ticking.

So, is there more weight on Federer's shoulders on Sunday? Heck no. He's Roger Federer. While he may get the yips every now and then in big moments and sometimes can lose focus when he has a big lead, he's a mental rock. Federer failed to convert two match points in last year's US Open semifinal against Novak Djokovic and some wondered if he'd recover. All he did was win every match the rest of the year.

If there was a chance that Federer was in his own head and saw his tennis mortality coming up in the rear view, then maybe this theory would have some validity. There's no evidence either of those things is true.

The only place that Federer is greater than on the court is in his own mind. He doesn't believe this is his last, best chance to get to No. 1. He doesn't think that having to go through Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to win upcoming Grand Slams is an impossible task. Will he feel some pressure on Sunday? Sure, but not nearly enough as a man with the weight of a kingdom on his shoulders and three-quarters of a century worth of baggage accompanying him on his walk to Centre Court.

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He has a good chance if he plays as well as he has done all tournament. This is his best chance so far, against a Federer who is around 90% where he was a few years ago.

 

Go Andy!

 

 

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udonthani

choose a different header, for crying out loud. Murray is not English, but from Dunblane, Scotland.

 

the doubles result was incredible, the semi final was a right laugh. They beat the American favorites, who were moaning that they got cheated by bad line calls. Always a laugh to see bad losers, lose.

 

I'll be working but if it goes to the last set I'll take the very unusual step on a Sunday and stop to watch it on tv.

 

if Murray wins, it will seem to some neutrals like a big pro-UK conspiracy and that Nadal and Federer got taken to one side and persuaded that it would be a good idea if a Brit won Wimbledon in the Queen's Jubilee and Olympic year.

 

it's true that a Brit male hasn't won Wimbledon since 1936, but a woman with a British passport - but a South African accent - won in 1977, and that's better than a French person has done in their Open tennis tournament.

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We have won the doubles final for the first time in 76 years!

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...tennis/18757744

Congrats!

And "we", (Robert Lindstedt), lost it for the 3rd consecutive year.

 

Good luck to Andy Murray. Even if Federer is not the same Federer anymore, he'll sure not give anything away and will be difficult to play against.

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it's true that a Brit male hasn't won Wimbledon since 1936, but a woman with a British passport - but a South African accent - won in 1977, and that's better than a French person has done in their Open tennis tournament.

Not true! A french won the women's finals in 2000. With the very french name Mary Pierce ;)
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Virginia Wade was born in England, but lived in South Africa for her childhood, before returning to England.

 

Andy Murray is British.

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Bigboned

Great final ,,congrats murray he gave his all,, better luck next year ,And federer is rated as the best player of all time know so its not like he lost to a chump.

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