Almost through week one of tennis’s most prestigious grand slam ‘Wimbledon’ and the question on everybody’s mind is- Will Andy Murray be able to get through his three main rivals to retain his title and lift the trophy for a 2nd straight year?
So far so good for Murray, he has looked on top form in his first three rounds not dropping a set. Murrays also been gifted a dream draw leading into the semi-finals where he could meet Novak Djokovic, but this could also go against him not having any challenging opponent’s leading into the semi’s. The surprise hiring of new coach Amelie Maueresmo will be interesting to see what she can bring to the Murray camp as he’s safely through to the fourth round and possibly leading into the 2nd week!
Seven time champion Roger Federer feels fully prepared and confident of lifting the title for a record 8th time this year. After an early exit at the French he was quoted as saying he’d mentally already switched to the grass, and with his health being an almost 100% he fancies his chances. Federer has been working intensely with Coach Stefan Edberg on building his offensive game all for triumph at Wimbledon. The Swiss has eased his way into the fourth round, however If he makes it to the latter stages next week with a potential semi final clash with Nadal the five year age gap could be a step too far for even Federer to possibly overcome.
The world number one who’s hot off a ninth win at the French Open last month is hoping for a good run this year at Wimbledon, in comparison to his 1st and 2nd round exits the last two years. Although through to the fourth round he has looked shaky at the start dropping a set in the three first rounds. However revenge was sweet for Rafa on Thursday avenging his defeat from the 2nd round in 2012 against Lucas Rosol ousting him in 4 sets. With Rafa finding form leading into the second week this could be trouble for his opponents, however the back injury is still not 100% and is hampering the speed of his serve which could cause costly against one of the top players.
After losing last year’s final to Murray and last month’s French open final to Nadal, Djokovic is as motivated as can be to take home this years Wimbledon title. Djokovic is looking sharp early on with a true test in his 2nd round by 35 year old Radek Stepanek which now has him mentally prepared to go the distance this year. He will be relying heavily on his athletic ability and being the number 1 seed for the tournament you have to like his chances over his three main rivals who all have had some form of concern after last month’s French Open.