The most awaited grass court Grand Slam in Wimbledon nearing its commencement as we look forward to the jam-packed entertainment and excitement it has to offer.
Players from around the world enter this prestigious tournament in a bid to cement their names in the history books of Wimbledon. Let’s take a look at what can we expect from this year’s Wimbledon 2017.
THE BIG 4
Wimbledon has been dominated since the past decade by the routine names of the top 4, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the local icon, Andy Murray.
Rafael Nadal is entering the clash with some great form from the Clay season, having successfully won the French Open, Barcelona and Monte Carlo Masters in addition to the Madrid Open alongside securing the record of a “decima” at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and French Open. It would be safe to bet on this in-form maestro to give a tough time to the players going up against him. The King of Clay has won the Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010. He would surely be setting his prying eyes on the title as he looks forward to continuing his momentum on the grass court as well.
Speaking of the Serb, Novak Djokovic is coming off a rather disastrous form. Having failed to win a single title throughout the Clay season, Djokovic is far too long from his very best. The Serbian is looking forward for some positives from his recent pair-up with the legendary, Andre Agassi as his coach after an early exit from the French Clay. The World No. 2 will be seen competing at Eastbourne to get himself on track before the Wimbledon 2017 commences. Though the Serb can pose to be a major threat to his compatriots, he has a lot to do before he can get back to that level.
Regardless of all, the clear favourites to grab the title are the Swiss legend and a 7 time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, and the local fan favourite, Andy Murray, who became the first Brit since 77 years to clinch the title in 2013. Andy Murray is having an akin form to his contrary in Djokovic, even worse. The Brit has failed to win any major title since last year ATP finals and has even failed to make it to the finals. Though nothing can be predicted in the game of tennis as even the underdogs emerge as the rowdy winners at the end.
But the trump card lies in the hands of Roger Federer, who is eyeing his record 8th Wimbledon title win, breaking the record of 7 Wimbledon titles shared by him and the legendary Pete Sampras. Federer has failed to win Wimbledon since 2012 but is hoping to find some good this year. The Swiss national had skipped the Clay season to prepare himself for his favourite grass court spell. He had troubles at Stuttgart on his return to the game but eventually found some momentum at Halle ahead of Wimbledon.
All the odds are placed on Federer winning the title but no one can be under-estimated as the World No .5 is gonna face some tough competitions from the likes of Rafael Nadal, who, for the record, has successfully defeated the Swiss legend at Wimbledon 2008 in the most dramatic matches of all time.
The Dark Horse
In Wimbledon, no one can be underestimated as the young and emerging stars these days aren’t new to surging any major upsets.
Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem are the names that would first pop-up in one’s mind as the dark horses of the title race. Thiem is having a great season so far as he managed to muddle his way through to the finals of Monte Carlo Barcelona and Madrid Open only to lose to the King in Rafael Nadal.
Though, Thiem came into the real limelight when he shocked the world by thumping Rafael Nadal in the quarters of the Italian Open, 6-4 6-3. Thiem exhibited a master class that day as he rose as an emerging competitor and a threat to the top 4.
Talking of Zverev, he has had a decent season so far with his major success coming from the Italian Open 2017 where he triumphed over the World No. 2, Novak Djokovic to emerge as the unexpected winner. He even made it to the finals at Halle Open eventually succumbing to the force in Roger Federer.
Both these players are one of the top threats to the title race of the top 4 and who knows they could even turn the whole tide in their favour.
Wimbledon 2017 commences from 3rd July with the finals scheduled to be played on 16th of July. The draws are expected to be out on Friday as we sit tight to learn the fate of the players.