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Can Andy Murray win it for England?

Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand

Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during his Men's Singles semifinal match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. (July 5, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

WIMBLEDON, England - They were born a week apart, two 26-year-olds who share tennis brilliance but are separated by what Novak Djokovic has accomplished and Andy Murray has not.

Djokovic, ranked No. 1 for most of the last two years, has won six Slams. One of those is Wimbledon.

Murray has won a single Grand Slam, the 2012 U.S. Open, beating Djokovic in five grueling sets.

On Sunday they meet in the Wimbledon final for the title that Murray, a Scot, wants so much.

This will be their fourth meeting in a major final -- and third in less than a year. Djokovic beat Murray in the 2011 and 2013 Australian Opens. But while all Grand Slam finals are big, this meeting is special. This is the Wimbledon final.

No British man has won Wimbledon in 77 years, since 1936, when Fred Perry was champion. Murray wants this title dearly and his countrymen want it dearly for him -- and for the country.

Last year Murray made it to the final, losing to Roger Federer. He turned around a few weeks later to defeat Federer for the Olympic gold at Wimbledon.

"I think I learned a lot from last year's Wimbledon," Murray said. "I knew how I needed to play big matches, because I didn't come away from that final kind of doubting myself because I went for it . . . I'll be in a better place mentally this time."

Djokovic will face a long- time foe and a biased crowd. "Most of the crowd will be on his side," he said. "He's a local hero. He has a big chance to win Wimbledon after a long time for his nation, but it's not the first time I've been in similar situations.

"I know what I need to do. I know the way I need to be focused, extra focused . . . I'm going to play one of the biggest tennis players in the world in the last five years. I'm ready for it."

So is Murray, who knows that fate won't win it for him, only talent, desire and poise.

"I won a Grand Slam. I would hope I would be a little bit calmer going into Sunday," he said. "But you don't know. You don't decide that.

"I might wake up on Sunday and be unbelievably nervous, more nervous than I ever have been before. But I wouldn't expect to be."

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