The Wimbledon finals are set. Both matches feature a decent historical backdrop. Familiar foes will square off for the men’s title, while a fresh face looks to dethrone the queen of the ladies game. Ladies first.
(1) Serena Williams vs. (20) Garbine Muguruza- Saturday 9:00 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Head to head- Williams leads 2-1
Serena now stands one match win away from holding all four major titles at once, completing the “Serena Slam”. Additionally, a win tomorrow would put her one major shy of Steffi Graf’s modern era record of 22. She has had to battle back from the brink twice. However, she found her best game in the semis yesterday, as she always does against Maria Sharapova. She is close to unbeatable in major finals with a 20-4 career record, but her opposition tomorrow should not be taken lightly. Muguruza shocked me with how well she handled her first major semi yesterday. No one expected her to be here. She was a 66 to 1 longshot to win the title prior to the event, and had just one career Wimbledon match win. Despite that. her power based game can trouble anyone. She is one of few players who can match Serena in that department. Consistency and nerves will be the major questions for the 21 year old Spaniard. She has blasted Serena off the court at a major before, beating her in straight sets at last year’s French Open. Serena will feel the pressure, but that massive serve will bail her out. Muguruza will play well, but I can’t see one of the bigger upsets in recent memory. Prediction: Williams in 2 close sets.
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (2) Roger Federer- Sunday 9:00 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Head to head- Federer leads 20-19
Roger Federer played his best match in a long long time as he overwhelmed British hope (3) Andy Murray in the semis today. The Swiss master is after his record 8th Wimbledon title. He has dropped serve a grand total of once in the entire tournament. At almost 34 years old, he is as ready as ever to add to his record 18 major titles. Even Novak Djokovic may not able to handle Federer if he plays like he did against Murray. Djokovic has had to battle to get here. Most notable was comeback from 2 sets down against (14) Kevin Anderson in round 4. I expect this to be close, real close. If it is half as good as last year’s final between these two, sports fans everywhere should rejoice. That one was won in 5 sets by Djokovic. I just can’t see the top ranked Serb doing much on return with Federer serving the way he is. Granted today was just today and Sunday is a new day. There will be multiple tiebreaks. I picked Federer to win the first 2 majors of 2015, I was wrong. I did not pick him to win this one… Until now. We’ll see what happens. Prediction: Federer in 5 sets.