It’s that time of year again…WIMBLEDON!!! For those who don’t know I’ve always been a major tennis fan. I watch the grand slams, Masters Series, Davis Cup..everything! Living in England I grew up watching Wimbledon, it’s shown all day everyday. It’s without a doubt my favourite tournament and will take over my life the next two weeks!
So who do I predict will win the Gentleman’s Singles? Well the usual names on everyone’s list would be the big four Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal. Here’s how I rate their chances:
DJOKOVIC – He has to be the odds on favourite. He’s a machine having won everything and more. Riding high from winning Roland Garros (the final grand slam he needed to complete the set) he is looking unstoppable. Having also won the Australian Open this year could this be the year he wins all the grand slams in the same year? It would be hard to bet against it!
MURRAY – Then we have Murray who made Great Britain’s dreams come true when he became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon back in 2013. In 2012 he also made it to the Wimbledon final and in total has made 10 grand slam finals. Having only won two out of ten of those finals the question mark isn’t if Murray will make it deep in to the tournament but if he can get over the final hurdle and win. I’d say Murray has more chance than last year, he’s in top form having reached his first final at Roland Garros and winning the Queen’s grass court tournament this year for a record fifth time. Don’t forget he is now also back with his former coach the legend that is Ivan Lendl who was his coach when he won his only two grand slams.
FEDERER – You can never rule Federer out of winning Wimbledon. Having won the tournament seven times (including five times in a row!) and reaching the final three other times including last year Centre Court is practically his back garden. Federer however hasn’t had the best preparation for Wimbledon this year having missed Roland Garros due to a back injury which was the first grand slam he has missed in his incredibly consistent career. He also lost to Alexander Zverev at the Gerry Weber Open, a grass court tournament he has won a massive 8 times.
NADAL – Sadly Nadal won’t be there this year due to a wrist injury. He confirmed the news on his Facebook page:
“Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year.
As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal”
Nadal is my all time favourite player so it was really sad news to hear he wont be there. I’m rooting for him to get back to his former form and continue to win grand slams. When he won Wimbledon for the first time back in 2008 it was without a doubt one of the best matches I’ve ever seen. He beat Federer 9-7 in the final set after being the runner-up for the previous two years. Fingers crossed Nadal gets well soon so we can see more of the same.
So who do I predict will win….MURRAY! Yes you read that correctly. Djokivic is the bookies favourite but what can I say I love an underdog and Murray has got a very good draw. This is how it could potentially play out for him:
Round 1 – Liam Brody
Round 2 – Yen Hsun Lu
Round 3 – Benoit Paire
Round 4 – Nick Kyrgios
Quarter Finals – Richard Gasquet
Semi Finals – Stan Warwinka
Final – Novak Djokovic
You never know what can happen in tennis but from the draw the odds would be in favour of Murray making the final. The second week would be tough facing top quality players in Kyrgios, Gasquet, Warwinka and Djokovic. However Kyrios has yet to give Murray any real problems, Gasquet hasn’t beaten Murray for years, Murray also recently beat Warwinka in the French Open semi finals and then there’s Djokovic the man who has beaten Murray in five out of seven of their grand slam finals. As mentioned earlier Murray is back with Lendl who he was with when he beat Djokovic to win the US Open and Wimbledon. Could that be the extra edge Murray needs? We will know the answer in two weeks time!