Wimbledon 2017, the third grand slam of the season starts on July 3. The battle for the top prize will see players giving their all on the court. Wimbledon promises to be a hard fought and tough battle to win this slam. We have our usual suspects in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray fighting for the trophy, but there could be surprises in store and the iconic grand slam has always lived up to its top billing and this year will be no different.
Roger Federer: Roger Federer and Wimbledon are synonymous with each other. The Swiss maestro holds the record in Open era to have won this prestigious slam seven times. Federer didn’t participate in recently concluded French Open and even at the fag end of his career, he will be expected to bring home the trophy. The legend of Switzerland recently put on a master class at Australian Open, 2017 against his old nemesis Spaniard Rafael Nadal, after a long injury lay off and like wine he gets better with the age. Federer has record 18 grand slams, but the champion of grass court last won Wimbledon in 2012, so expect the Fedex to put all his energy into winning in England.
Rafael Nadal: The Spaniard and master of clay recently showed his true colours at French Open and won his 15th major title. The injuries off late have derailed Nadal’s career, but he once again proved that form is temporary but class is permanent. The Spain born athlete has two Wimbledon titles in his kitty and would be desperate to improve his tally. The tennis enthusiasts would again like to see famous rivalry of Federer and Rafa and if all goes according to plan then Nadal can inch closer to the 16th major of his career.
Andy Murray: The Scottish athlete is the reigning Wimbledon champion and even though being ranked No 1, he isn’t considered as a favourite to retain his title. The big and powerful Brit has only three grand slams and always falters at the final hurdle. Murray has often been bridesmaid and even after being numero uno, not many pundits are placing bets on him. Murray has all the shots, technique and intellect to win the title and just has to turn a corner and believe in himself more. He has two Wimbledon titles, so third one could be his, if he channels his aggression and with his reach and height, Murray could win his third Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic: The great Serb is really going through a rough patch and questions are being raised over his temperament, attitude and professionalism. The former world No 1 has 12 grand slams, but his last slam was French Open 2016. All great players go through a difficult time and Djokovic is no different, but you cannot discount a player like Djokovic, who has completed career a grand slam and expect fireworks from Serbian superstar at this year’s event.
Stanislas Wawrinka: The other famous son of Switzerland often gets overshadowed by the more charismatic Federer, but his resolve and attitude to get things is done is exemplary. Stan has three grand slams and in recent history, he is the only one who has given headaches and nightmares to the famous quartet. Wawrinka relishes big stage and his record in finals is pretty good. The Swiss player has proved time and again that he is mentally very strong and has earned respect through sheer hard work.
Wimbledon 2017 is the most open grand slam in recent times and since 2003, no one apart from Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray has won the title. Can this year be any different? The young players in Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and host of other young players are determined to change the history. Tennis is going through a wonderful phase and this Wimbledon could be anyone’s. The game of tennis needs superstars apart from fabulous four and if we get a new winner then it will create buzz and excitement for new fans.