Roger Federer vs Andy Murray: a tale of Desire vs Determination
Roger Federer vs Andy Murray- The rivalry
The duo’s rivalry currently stands at 12-11 in favor of the world number 2, it has always being a neck in neck head to head. The pair have been involved in some memorable encounters with 2013 Australian Open semifinal and 2012 Wimbledon final being the highlight.
When Andy Murray lifted the trophy at the US Open in 2012, he did more than just winning his first Grand Slam title, he gave the nation a great gift-hope. He lifted the curse of Britain not being able to produce a Grand Slam winner for more than 70 odd years. The nation now believed that finally there would be a home grown winner lifting the trophy at the All England Club. They didn’t have to wait long as Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals of 2013 to win the Wimbledon. Cut to 2015 and Andy Murray is once again playing at the same level perhaps even better which has once again given the nation hope of another Grand Slam from Murray.
After a lackluster 2013, one could easily forgive Federer for not giving a 100% on courts, but not for nothing is the Swiss considered the Greatest of All time. He went back to the drawing board, made changes in his game and support staff and its results showed in 2014 as he was in contention for the year end world number 1 rankings right until the last tournament of the season. 2015 has also been good for the 33 year old Swiss as he has racked up 4 titles including a record 8th in Halle, but the big prize still eludes him. Federer came ever so close to winning an 8th title at Wimbledon last year, but Novak Djokovic turned out to be the better man that day. 1 year later, Federer is just two wins away from an historic achievement.
Both players are playing some of the best tennis of their lives with the Scot showcasing his unbelievable retrieving capabilities while Federer reviving the art of serve and volley. Both players have reached the semifinals relatively comfortably with Federer registering 116 consecutive holds before finally being broken. This will be the second time the two lock horns in Wimbledon, with Federer having triumphed in the finals of 2012. Although Murray got his revenge the very next month by defeating Roger in the Olympic finals of 2012.
Given the levels at which both the players are playing its too tough to label an outright winner but the match between Federer’s attack against Murray’s defense would be a treat for the spectators.