Wimbledon’s big final weekend is upon us and after two weeks of tennis competition the stories are over and the final act needs to be played. Roger Federer takes on Marin Cilic and Venus Williams is up against Garbine Muguruzu.
Roger Federer is going for a record eighth Wimbledon title which will take him past the greats like Pete Sampras. The Swiss magician hasn’t won the tournament since 2012 so to reach this stage again five years later shows the enduring hunger of the man and incredible longevity that has helped him stake his claim as the best ever.
Marin Cilic, on the other hand, is still only 28 and is going into his first Wimbledon final ever. The big-serving Croatian can play in the biggest matches and of course won US Open in 2014. His serve will get him quite a few games on grass but he has benefitted on his side of the draw with some big names falling to the wayside. This is easily his toughest match.
Federer has had a quite extraordinary resurgence and watching him over the last few weeks has shown that his movement is still there. The shots he is known for have not left him and there still seems to be plenty of magic in his wand!
Like Federer, there is a certain nostalgia to the women’s final too. Venus Williams has made a triumphant return to the top of tennis with her little sister missing. She is certainly still capable of beating anyone on her day but unfortunately just as easy to capitulate in the face of a stern test.
Garbine Muguruza is that stern test this time and has shown that she wasn’t just a flash in the pan from last year’s French Open win. She has taken her skills on to the grass courts and while still heavily relies on her baseline hitting it has proved a highly accurate weapon on her way to the final. The Spaniard is on the cusp of peak stardom and with Serena slowly moving away from the game a hole will appear waiting for someone to fill it.
Venus Williams for me will have too much on grass for Garbine but there is always a chance she collapses either physically or mentally. I think it is a risk to put money of Venus but isn’t that what makes putting money on tennis fun!
Most interestingly there is a heavy British presence in the mixed doubles final with both Heather Watson and Jamie Murray taking part but on opposite teams! Murray boasts Martina Hingis on his side and so both bring tons of experience to this match and will likely take home the trophy.