Wimbledon is without a doubt my favourite tennis tournament in the world. I don’t know if it’s the all-white attire, the years of British heart ache, the lawn that they play on, the strawberries and cream or just the quality of tennis. I have been to Wimbledon for a tour, but it is right up top of my bucket list of events to watch. This years Wimbledon is set to be a classic as mens tennis can truly claim to have a big five. Five men who are on top of the game and from who the likely winner will come. Lets look at the challengers for the 2013 Wimbledon crown.
The Swiss Maestro is to Wimbledon what Peanut Butter is to Jelly. They are a perfect unison and Wimbledon has been the backbone to his record haul of 17 Grand slams. He has arguably the toughest draw as he would likely need to beat Nadal in the Quarters, Murray in the semi’s and Djokovic in the final. I think Wimbledon 2013 will not be his year and that dream of being the first man to win 8 Wimbledon titles will need to wait another year.
When he was injured last year, everyone was talking about how he wont come back from this injury and that he may not play at the top table again. But he proved all the doubters wrong with an incredible run-of-form that culminated in that victory against Djokovic before sealing his 8th French Open. The King of Clay is in fantastic form, but his injury saw him lose his seeding and he will now have a run-in to the final that could include Wawrinka, Federer and Murray before a possible final with Djokovic. Don’t bet against him doing it.
There is no greater pressure on a tennis player anywhere in the world as there is on Andrew Barron Murray for the All England Championship. The British superstar when he is winning or the Sour Scot when he is losing carries the hopes of a nation on his shoulders and that hope has grown thanks to his Olympic and US Open triumphs. He comes to Wimbledon in form after winning at Queens and with a much cooler persona thanks to Ivan Lendl. I do not really enjoy the way he plays, but if he gets to the final, he will have the full backing of the crowd. Henman Hill may very well become Murray Mound.
Although not considered a member of the big four, a term coined by Roger Federer in 2009, David Ferrer has become a model of consistency around which modern tennis players should look to mould themselves. His consistency has seen him move into the top 4 in the world and making his first ever grand slam final at the French Open. He has never been the most successful at Wimbledon, with a quarterfinal his best, but a friendly draw has meant that his toughest match before the Semi’s will likely be Del Potro in the quarters. He wont win Wimbledon, but he deserves all the extra coverage that he gets.
The favourite for the title and his odds got even better when the draw was made. He can only meet one member of the “Big Four” and that would be in the final. He will be the man to beat and after taking Nadal to five sets on his least favourite and Nadal’s favourite surface, he will be much happier to take on the other men on the green. I will be backing Novak to take victory this year and reclaim the title he won in 2011.
Two semi-finals in the last two Wimbledons have left the Frenchman feeling fired up. He also managed to get to the Semi-Final of the French Open after dismantling Roger Federer. He is at the peak of his game and although he probably wont win it, he is good enough on his day to defeat any of the Big Four. Probably worth a sneaky bet for a semi-final appearance if you are that kind of person
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