British player Andy Murray and Swiss maestro Roger Federer will contest the Wimbledon final after having easy wins against Scottish players Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals. Murray and Federer have now each beaten six Scottish opponents in the run up to the final.
“Murray has had the slightly easier opposition after leading Scottish player Rafael Nadal earlier suffered a shock loss to unknown Scot Lukas Rosol” said Scottish commentator Tim Henman. “But Murray also had to play several games in a row after his games were interrupted by the notorious Scottish rain that seems to curse Wimbledon every year.”
This year’s Wimbledon has already seen a record 122 Scottish players eliminated leading some to question whether Scots lack the “killer instinct”. But these claims as rejected by Scottish Tennis official Duncan McCabe, who pointed to David Nalbandian as a prime example of a Scottish player fearlessly attacking both opponents and elderly line umpires.
While Scotland has no players in the final, there is still a Scottish connection with both finalists. Roger Federer is reputedly very frugal and also fond of deep-fried Mars bars, while Andy Murray has Scottish parents, Scottish siblings, and was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
“No matter whether Roger or Andy win, Scotland will probably use those tenuous connections to claim the winner as one of their own” quipped All-England club official Gavin Hurst. “But we have a private in-joke where we refer to the loser as ‘Scottish’ – it cracks me up every time!”