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Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon final preview

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Murray takes on Djokovic this afternoon (©GettyImages)
Murray takes on Djokovic this afternoon (©GettyImages).

It was just over a year ago that Andy Murray had stepped onto Centre Court to experience his first ever Wimbledon final in front of his home fans.

The British number one was entering the tennis stage alongside his opponent, the great Roger Federer, who had experienced seven finals and had won six of them (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009).

Murray was able to hold his nerve by winning the opening set but it was the only thing to celebrate as Federer sealed the next three sets to add a seventh Wimbledon title to his cabinet - equaling Pete Sampras's Wimbledon record.

During the trophy presentation, Murray could not hide his emotions in front of the Centre Court crowd and audiences watching live around the world. Murray's tears showed to everyone how much he wanted his hands on the Wimbledon trophy.

Ever since the day Murray finished runner-up at Wimbledon, the Scot has won over the previously undecided public with some superb performances: an example was shown at the London Olympics back in August when Murray got his sweet revenge over Federer by winning in straight sets to collect the gold medal. Fans were backing the 26-year-old throughout the Olympic campaign.

This time around Murray is facing a different opponent, one of the toughest rivals of his career: the one and only Novak Djokovic.

Murray will be looking for revenge over the world number one after their Australian Open Final last January when Djokovic secured his fourth Australian Open title by beating the world number two in four sets.

The rivalry between the two over the past few years has certainly been noted as one of the biggest rivalries in tennis history, along with Federer and Rafael Nadal.

One of the funniest aspects of it all is the age difference as both players are almost exactly the same age with just a week separating their births.

Both players have had three Grand Slam final meetings before their fourth on Sunday with Djokovic winning two Australian Opens (2011 and 2013) and Murray winning his first Grand Slam at last year's US Open. 

The Serbian leads the head to head record by winning 11 matches, while Murray has won seven out of the 18 matches since their first meeting at the ATP Madrid Masters in 2006.

It will be the second time on Sunday that both players will be battling on a grass court. The first time they met on grass was at last year's London Olympics at Wimbledon, where Murray beat Djokovic in straight sets to book a place in the Olympic final.

The form of both players at Wimbledon could be very interesting if you count last summer's Olympics. 

Murray has not lost a match at Wimbledon since his final defeat to Federer in July 2012 and has won all subsequent grass court appearances, while Djokovic's last defeat at Wimbledon was to Murray at the Olympic semi-final in 2012.

Djokovic will be hoping to claim his second Wimbledon title in three years while Murray's ever-long lasting dream is to finally have his name engraved on the Wimbledon trophy after last year's heartache.

One thing is for sure: the sell out Centre Court crowd, on men's final day, will be hoping to witness Wimbledon history, roaring Murray on to win his first Wimbledon title.

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