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Five to Follow on Day Thirteen

The Centre Court roof is closed.
by Nicholas McCarvel
Sunday 7 July 2013

At Wimbledon 2013, the best has been saved for last. After twelve wacky days of up and down tennis, the world's top two ranked players - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - will meet for a chance to win The Championships on the final day of play. We preview that and else you can't miss on Sunday.

Djokovic, Murray Take on Different 'Favourite' Roles
While Novak Djokovic might be the one who has a bit of an upper hand on Sunday going into the gentlemen's singles final, Andy Murray will be the one a nation is rooting for. It's the 19th time these two have met, and Djokovic holds an 11-7 mark against the Briton, including in the Australian Open final earlier this year, winning in four sets. Murray won two pivotal battles in 2012, first in the Olympic semi-finals and then to capture his first-ever Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in a long, up-and-down victory that lasted five sets. Regardless of history past, Sunday is a completely new and different beast: Murray has hard-fought wins over Fernando Verdasco and Jerzy Janowicz under his belt on Centre Court, while Djokovic put on the performance of the tournament in a five-set thriller over Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-finals. Who comes out on top? It's a result the tennis world - and the nation of Britain - will anxiously await.

Nestor-Mladenovic Go for the Next Step

If at first you make the final, try, try to win the title the next time. That's the motto for Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor and French youngster Kristina Mladenovic, who as first-time partners were runners-up at the French Open last month. They look to go one better on Sunday, and also to beat the No.1 seeds after knocking out the Nos.2 and 3 en route to the final. That No.1 team is Lisa Raymond and Bruno Soares, Raymond the holder of 11 majors (doubles and mixed) and Soares one, the mixed crown at the U.S. Open alongside Ekaterina Makarova last season.

Quinzi Aims for Junior Title
Not since 1987 has an Italian boy triumphed at Wimbledon, Diego Nargiso winning the junior title here over 25 years ago. Gianluigi Quinzi will look to stop that streak on Sunday as the first match up on No.1 Court two days after taking out British hope Kyle Edmund in straight sets. Quinzi meets Hyeon Chung in the boys' final, a Korean 17-year-old who has beaten two seeds - including No.1 and Australian Open boys winner Nick Kyrgios - on his march to the final. Quinzi, himself 17, has been to the quarter-finals of the last three majors and looks to go all the way here.

The Day After for the Champs

What does the world look like for Slam champions the day after a big win? A perfect summer's day is in store for Marion Bartoli, the Bryan brothers and ladies' doubles winners Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai, all who could enjoy a celebratory picnic alongside their hard-earned trophies. Bartoli will splash back into the top 10 on Monday at No.7 after her win, while the Bryan brothers now turn their focus to the U.S. Open and an illusive calendar Slam, something no men's doubles team has ever achieved.

Heard Around the World

While Britons have a special place in their hearts for a Wimbledon final with Andy Murray in it, the gentlemen's final will be followed by a global audience. After Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon in 2011, Serbia welcomed him home with a hero's parade. In fact, whoever wins will not only have the title at Wimbledon, but also move into the driver's seat as the favourite for the U.S. Open.

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