Anderson’s Wimbledon final start time and the risk of a World Cup final clash

By Alexis Haden

Kevin Anderson made history at Wimbledon by becoming the first South African in almost 100 years to reach the finals of the tournament. He beat John Isner in a marathon match, the longest ever semi-final at a Grand Slam.

Anderson will play either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday… but there’s a bit or a problem… the final of the Fifa World Cup between France and Croatia is also on Sunday.

What time is the FIFA World Cup final?

That will start at 17:00 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

What time is the Wimbledon men’s singles final?

The Wimbledon men’s singles final is scheduled to start, like every year, at 15:00.

The risk of an overlap

Yep, you guessed it. There is a risk of the two events overlapping if Anderson’s epics of the last week are anything to go by. He might be so knackered that he just rolls over, but he might also be so super-hyped that he keeps going.

Last year, Roger Federer defeat Marin Cilic in straight sets in one hour 41 minutes, but Anderson is on another level this year. And the stats don’t bode well…

In 2016, Andy Murray’s match against Milos Raonic lasted two hours and 48 minutes. Since 2002, the average final of a men’s singles match at Wimbledon is two hours and 53 minutes.

The longest match was Rafael Nadal‘s epic victory over Federer in 2008, which last four hours and 48 minutes. Only twice has a match lasted less than one hour and 50 minutes.

And then there is the risk that it might rain, play has to stop and the roof needs to close. Eek!

So we’re in a bit of a pickle.

Why did nobody change their start time?

Who knows. Wimbledon is pretty rigid… so the ball was in Fifa’s court, so to speak.

All England Club commercial director Mick Desmond said:

“We’ve always known it was going to be there, we knew 18 months ago. “But I think it’s slightly surprising that Fifa have the kick off at four o’clock, it’s not something they’ve done in the past but that’s their decision. “Our tournament [final] always starts at two o’clock and we’ll start at two o’clock.”

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