Had Roger Federer not produced one of the finest grass court performances of his glory-laden career to defeat Andy Murray in the semi-finals, his odds to win an eighth Wimbledon crown may well have been longer than the 95/100 they currently stand at.
The Swiss master takes on Novak Djokovic in the SW19 showpiece, after the Serb also came through his final four fixture against Richard Gasquet in straight sets.
A delicately poised pre-match landscape has the world number one marginal 93/100 favourite, suggesting the deduction of a winner will be difficult.
Indeed, the pair have met 40 times across their careers, each winning 20 apiece.
Surprisingly, only two of these collisions have come on grass, the most recent of which being the Wimbledon final 12 months ago, which Djokovic won 3-2.
It was one of many instances in which duels between this decorated duo have gone the distance and given the imperious form of the pair, backing five sets to be played here is the only way to bet.
Odds of 19/10 indicate the match will end 3-2 to either player, with long-haul affairs commonplace when the Fed Express and Joker collide.
Three of their previous four meetings haven’t been long enough to reward backers of this bet, but prior to this lean streak, five of their last six were.
Furthermore, just two of their seven Grand Slam skirmishes since the turn of the decade have been settled in three sets.
History says we’re in for a long one here and form concurs.
Federer’s serve has been near unbreakable this tournament, as Murray found out in the semis.
The 33-year-old has won 11 grass court games on the spin ahead of this one, dropping an unfathomable two sets along the way.
Kevin Anderson has been the only player capable of taking a set off the number one seed, doing so on two occasions in the last 16.
That aside, it’s been a routine passage into the SW19 settler for Djokovic, though he’s certain to give up at least one set here.