Flashback – 2013 Wimbledon Final

This entry was posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

Ah, those were the days

Youngsters will find this hard to believe, but there was a time when it was considered that martians invading the planet earth, and making off with the Queen’s crown was considered more likely that a Brit winning Wimbledon. Or even England achieving at a World Cup – even that was considered more likely. Yet the beauty of Andy Murray’s fabulous thrashing of Novak Djokovic last summer, was not just that it was historic, but that we all knew it would happen. Murray had been building up to it year on year, improving in gradual but clear steps, and this was his time.

Fast forward a year, and it appears little has changed. Britain expects, the southern clunk even more so after the failings of the football team yesterday, and once again it is likely to be Novak Djokovic in the Scot’s way. Although trounced by Nadal at Roland Garros last month, the Spaniard was never uber-reliable on grass even during his peak years, and Murray wouldn’t fear a semi against him this time out. One man who was always comfortable on grass was Roger Federer, but to borrow an expression from his native cow-scene, Rog has long since gone out to pasture. N.B One of the great tragedies of this golden era at tennis is that there has never been a Major where all four of the ‘big four’ have been at their peak.

So get on the repeat of last year – Murray vs Djokovic on the 6th July. And hope he can do something even Bobby Moore et al couldn’t manage, and retain the biggest prize in their sport.

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