By Josh Powell | Wimbledon
At 2.00pm on Sunday Novak Djokovic will walk out on to Centre Court with Andy Murray to contest the 127th Wimbledon final.
There will be hours of coverage beforehand of famous people talking about ‘Fred Perry’ and whispering the phrase ’77 years’. Sue Barker will hopelessly flirt with former tennis stars, Tim Henman will try to hide his excitement of actually being at a Wimbledon final and there will be one camera man whose sole job is to pan across ‘Murray Mound’ every time the Scot wins a point.
Instead of the slow motion montages and Andrew Castle’s over-excited commentary, we’re giving you the tale of the tape ahead of the Wimbledon 2013 final.
World number one Novak Djokovic will be priced up as favourite
if when he meets Andy Murray in the Wimbledon Final. The 2011 Wimbledon champ has the edge in the head-to-head results and has beaten Murray in the last three meetings.
The Scot can take some heart from the fact that he has come out on top in four finals against Djokovic including last year’s US Open, when Murray won his first major. He also has the edge on grass, winning their only meeting on the surface in straight sets in the London Olympics.
Unfortunately for Murray, Novak has won three of the four meetings in major competitions. A handy stat to roll out in the pub if you’re part of the ‘Murray’s a bottler’ brigade. If Djokovic does come out on top on Sunday then it would be no surprise to see the Murray tears back on show and possibly a Djokovic shirt-rip to woo Her Majesty in the Royal Box.
Both men have won three tour events this year with Djokovic winning the Australian Open against Murray back in January. Although Djokovic has a slightly better win percentage both men have lost just five matches this year and the world number one benefits from playing an extra tournament when Murray was injured.
The tale of the tape probably hands the advantage marginally to Novak Djokovic, but we have a scientific fact to say otherwise.