WITH Andy Murray now strongly fancied to go all the way to the final of Wimbledon, tickets to the highly-anticipated men’s final are already priced at nearly £5,000.
Seats for the clash on Centre Court are said to be in particularly high demand this year after a string of top players fell out of the Championships, including Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from Murray’s half of the draw and defending champion Roger Federer – clearing the way for the Scot.
Seller Viagogo said standard tickets were listed from £4,750 and demand was up 40 per cent in the last 24 hours. Spokesman Steve Roest said: “(Roger) Federer and (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga’s shock exits yesterday sent Wimbledon tickets searches through the roof. As the heavy-hitters are knocked out and Murray’s path to the final clears, fans are eager to get a seat on Centre Court in the hope of witnessing British sporting history.”
Meanwhile, Murray has tipped Federer to be a force at Wimbledon again and thinks it will be a long time before anyone gets close to the Swiss great’s grand slam quarter-final record.
One of the most dramatic days in Wimbledon history had a sting in the tail when defending champion Federer was bundled out in the second round by Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. Wednesday’s loss was the first time Federer had gone out before the quarter-finals of a slam since the French Open in 2004, a run of 36 tournaments in a row, and his earliest exit since before he won the first of his 17 slam titles at Wimbledon in 2003.
Novak Djokovic is on a run of 16 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals, but if the Serbian is to equal Federer’s record, let alone beat it, he will have to maintain his streak for another five years.
Murray said: “I think that will stand for a long time, I don’t see anyone breaking that for a good while. Records are always there to be beaten but it will take a long time for someone to do that. Novak is the closest and he wouldn’t be able to do it for about five or six years.”
Murray limbered up at Aorangi Park yesterday with 18-year-old fellow Briton Kyle Edmund and today he takes on Spanish 32nd seed Tommy Robredo in the third round. It is scheduled to be the third match on Centre Court.
Murray said of his opponent: “He’s a tough player. He had a good win against (Nicolas) Mahut, who has been playing well on the grass. He’s very, very experienced. He’s extremely fit. He won three matches in a row at the French from two sets to love down. He fights right until the last point.”