The matchup of Andy Murray against Roger Federer in the gentlemen’s final is one of the most anticipated in Wimbledon history. Tickets are going for as high as just under $8000. Murray is the first British male since 1938 to reach the Final. He is attempting to become the first British male since Fred Perry 1936 to win Wimbledon.
After ESPN airs the final live, the replay will be widely available across many platforms. WatchESPN (AKA ESPN3) and ESPN Court Cast will have the match available both live and On-Demand Replay. ABC will replay the gentlemen's final via ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern. Chris Fowler, Patrick and John McEnroe will announce the historic final.
The ATP has the complete list of the major carriers of Wimbledon. ABC will re-air the Men’s Final at 3 p.m. Eastern. The Tennis Channel will continue with its coverage by airing their nightly wrap-up show Wimbledon Primetime. ESPN3D will also air the final live and then re-air it at 9 p.m. Eastern.
The Tennis Channel will re-air the final in Primetime throughout the week. Wimbledon Primetime will air from 7 p.m. Eastern Sunday night until 7am Eastern time on Monday. They will re-air the men’s final in Primetime at 7 p.m. Eastern and 8 p.m. Pacific time Monday night. The next re-airing of the Gentleman’s Final will commence at 6 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday. They will continue re-airing the final during the week. After Tuesday morning, it will also be shown at 7 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday and 6 a.m. Eastern on Thursday.
Very few players hold the advantage in head-to-head meetings with Federer, but Murray is one of them. Murray has won eight of their 15 matchups. Murray won six of the first eight meetings, and Federer has rallied to win five of the last seven. This is their third meeting in a Grand Slam final. Federer won the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open in straight sets.
If Murray wins, he would ironically become the first player since Federer in 2003 to win his first career Grand Slam at Wimbledon. Through his first six matches, Murray has lost just four sets. Getting off to a good start has been a key for Murray. His only first set loss in the fortnight was to seventh-seeded David Ferrer of Spain in the quarterfinals.
Murray has had an impressive run to get to the finals. He defeated former year-end champion Nikolay Davydenko is the first round, outlasted hard-serving Ivo Karlovic in the second round, crushed former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis in the third round, 16th seed Marin Cilic in the fourth round. In the quarterfinals, he avenged a French Open Quarter loss to Ferrer, and he ousted fifth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals.
Federer cruised through the first two rounds. He lost just nine games in winning both matches in straight sets. His third-round match against Julien Benneteau was a different story. Federer had to rally from two sets down to advance. Including was an 8-6 tiebreaker in the fourth set.
He won his fourth-round match in four sets against Xavier Malisse of Belgium and then cruised in three in his quarter against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. That advanced Federer to the semi everyone pointed to when the draws were announced. Federer matched up with top-ranked, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic.
After they each took a set, Federer broke Djokovic one in the third and fourth sets to advance.
No matter what happens in the gentlemen’s final, it promises to be a classic. History will be made no matter how the match turns out. It one of the most anticipated finals in the history of Wimbledon. Tickets are going as high as just under $8000.
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