The Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Championship has gone about as close to the form book as is humanly possible for a sporting event. Three of the top four seeds were in the Semi Finals, and seeds One and Two (and World No.1 and No.2) have made it through to Sunday.
Novak Djokovic was the heavy favorite at the start of the tournament, at 5/2 with most bookmakers. However, following Roger Federer’s imperious form throughout, including some of the best tennis he’s ever played when defeating Andy Murray on Friday, there is now very, very little between the two in the betting.
Sunday should see some fabulous tennis, with two of the greatest players of their generation squaring off in the most iconic of settings and each at or very near the apex of their abilities. If it’s even half as good as the four-hour epic we were treated to this time last year, we’re in for a treat.
As ever, serving will be key. Djokovic has completed fully 71% of his first serves during the tournament to-date, while Federer has an 85% points conversion rate on his first serve: it’s very difficult to break a man delivering those sorts of numbers. If Federer serves again as he did against Murray in the Semis, when he sent down 20 aces in three sets (nearly a third of all aces he’s served in the tournament as a whole) it’s difficult to see how Djokovic can stop the Swiss racking up an 8th Wimbledon title.
The BBC has extensive coverage in the UK, starting 1pm BST on BBC One. They’ll also have live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.
In the US, ESPN has full live coverage of the final from 9am Eastern, with pre-match build-up from 8am.
If you can’t get in front of a TV this weekend, here’s how to watch online and on mobile:
Watch Wimbledon Tennis Live Online
In the UK, you can watch live online coverage of Wimbledon for absolutely nothing via the BBC iPlayer site. They’ll have multiple matches for you to choose from. While you really should have a TV license and be in the UK to watch, there are many, many ways to use BBC’s iPlayer service from outside the British Isles. Google it.
In the US, if you have the log-in info for a cable subscription with access to Watch ESPN, you can watch the game at WatchESPN.com. You’ll need a cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know, to access the stream.
Watch Wimbledon Tennis Live on Mobile
Mobile and tablet users with access to Watch ESPN can watch the game on the Watch ESPN app. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need the log-in for a cable subscription with access to ESPN. You can download the app for free in the App Store or Google Play store.