And here we go again… Roger v Novak! Although I was cheering for Andy in the semi-finals, i’m much more excited about the prospect of this final than Novak v Andy which I have written before that I have issues with haha. Both players won their semi-final matches in straights; Federer produced an exceptional performance to defeat Murray, 7-5 7-5 6-4. I normally lose interest during best of five men’s matches (I can’t keep still!) but I was hooked on this one for its entirety. Although it was done and dusted in three sets, it was one of the highest quality men’s matches i’ve watched in a while, particularly those first two sets. Federer played a near faultless match with much of his dominance centering around his serve… 76% first serves in, 84% of first serve points won and 20 aces. Murray had one lone break point which came in that first set.
Murray didn’t play a bad match at all. Federer gave almost nothing away on serve and this just kept building the pressure on Murray’s serve. The highlight of the match was the 14 minute, seven deuce game with Murray serving at *4-5 in the second set. The Brit saved five set points and somehow managed to hold serve. However, as impressive as that game was, Federer responded with a love service game… deal with that one, Andy! Federer finished with 56 winners to 11 unforced errors and his ultra-aggressive gameplan won through. In the other semi-final, Djokovic overcame a sore shoulder to defeat Richard Gasquet, 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4.
So who’s winning this final? I’ve been really decisive in my head for the last couple of women’s previews but this one is a mess. I’m pretty confident that the majority will be backing Federer after *that* performance. It’s hard to ignore that Federer is in tip top form and also, he has advanced to the final without expending too much energy. Djokovic has not looked at his best and will once again have to play in front of a crowd cheering for his opponent… he’s used to that though! However, I remember a similar situation last year where Federer saw off Milos Raonic in the semi-finals with consumate ease, while Djokovic scrapped his way past Grigor Dimitrov in four sets. I was convinced Fed had it in the bag…
In my opinion, it’s either Federer in 4 or Djokovic in 5. I think the longer this goes, the more it will play into Djokovic’s favour. If Federer produces a performance like he did against Murray then I like his chances. It will take something special to repeat that feat though. The weather forecast is a bit dodgy for Sunday so the roof could come into play which would most likely go in Federer’s favour. In support of Djokovic, he is likely carve out more opportunities on Federer’s return compared to Murray. Also, Djokovic has been serving extremely well himself; he’s dropped his serve just twice in the last four matches and has been at over 70% first serves for his last two matches. And furthermore Djokovic is just an awesome competitor… he suffered one of the toughest losses of his career in the French Open final, but has rebounded to reach the Wimbledon final in his very next tournament.
Here comes a prediction but please note i’ve changed it a few times before publishing this post! I’m reasonably neutral for this final in terms of who I want to win (60-40 in favour of Novak) so i’m going to sit back and enjoy the last singles match of Wimbledon 2015 (sobbing into my pillow).
It should be a cracker…
Prediction: Federer d. Djokovic in 4 sets