This Wimbledon feels like a walk back in time when we see Venus Williams and Roger Federer. At 37 and 35, respectively, the two legends have been playing their best tennis in years and are both into the finals of the Championships.
Williams has advanced to the championship match dropping only a set and gaining in power. Federer, for his part, is yet to drop a set this Wimbledon and if he has not always been flawless, he has been close for the whole tournament.
Both are impeccable grass players and watching them glide on the surface is pure poetry in motion. Furthermore, both have marked the history of the game in their own way, and are writing a new page this fortnight.
Williams became the oldest player since Martina Navratilova (1994) to reach the final at SW19. As for Federer, he is the oldest since Ken Rosewall (1974) in doing so. And this is just a small part of it.
On Sunday, the Swiss will play in a record 11th Wimbledon final. Should he triumph, he will become the first male player to ever win the tournament eight times, passing Pete Sampras. Navratilova remains the record holder (9).
As for Venus, her ninth final appearance ties her with her sister, as well as with Steffi Graf. Navratilova still holds the record (12).
Venus to face Muguruza on Saturday
At 14:00 local time (9:00 EDT) this Saturday, Venus Williams will face Garbiñe Muguruza in the ladies’ singles final.
It will be the fifth meeting between the two (Williams leads the head-to-head 3-1). If Muguruza has won their last meeting, in Rome a couple of months ago, it will be their first ever encounter on grass.
Per ranking, experience and this year’s results, the American is a slight favourite for the title. However, the Spaniard has grown in power and confidence throughout the event.
All in all, it should be a very tight match.
Federer to clash with Cilic on Sunday
On Sunday, starting at 14:00 local time (9:00 EDT), Roger Federer will play against Marin Cilic in the gentlemen’s singles final.
The Swiss leads the head-to-head 6-1 and has won their last encounter, last year, in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. This match is very difficult to forget, as the Croatian was up two sets to love, only to see his rival making an impressive comeback to win the match in five.
If Federer is yet to lose a set in this tournament, Cilic is definitely a player who can take at least one off him, or even deny him a 19th Grand Slam title. He has shown all tournament that he is in great shape, and that his powerful game is well-suited for the surface.
However, the third seed remains favourite for the title.
Twice Wimbledon champions at the same time
Williams and Federer have twice won Wimbledon at the same time: in 2005 and in 2007.
Maybe this year will be the third. Maybe only one of them will win. Maybe they will both be runner-ups.
Regardless of the result, their tournament will have been impressive in every way.
(Original photos: Getty Images; Montage: BATennis World)