A hundred plus years of folklore on the lush green lawns mean that the Wimbledon has arrived. Wimbledon is that grand-slam of the year when Royalty and Tradition take over the Tennisverse. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic would look to retain his Wimbledon crown but will face a stiff challenge from the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
Players arrived at the lawns of the All England Club after a tough grind in the scorching sun in Australia and continuing to battle hard at the clay courts for months concluding at the French Open. Baseline battles and lengthy rallies won’t be usual as knee-bending and sliced shots will be vital for success at Tennis’ biggest event of the year.
The long drawn season would have already drained a lot of energy of the players but they will rejuvenate to play at the grandest stage and be a part of the historic carnival.
Novak Djokovic enjoys advantage even before Wimbledon begins
The draw’s for this year’s Grand Slam was announced on 26th June, and it could be said Novak Djokovic is already at an advantage over his counterparts as he is placed as the top seed for the tournament. He faces a comparatively easy draw with players ranked below him and no possibility of playing any of the big three, namely Federer, Murray or Nadal until the finals.
Nonetheless, Novak Djokovic does face a tricky start as he is set to open play on Center Court against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber with also the possibility to facing former no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the second round. Hewitt is playing his final Wimbledon and will aim to make it big for himself and try overcoming the top seed in the process. If Djokovic continues his streak he is most likely to face Kei Nishikori or Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.
Too many stones in Federer, Nadal and Murray’s path
Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are all placed in the bottom half of the draw with the possibility of facing each other in the Quarters and the Semis. The road for these players is definitely not a walk in the park. Apart from themselves they have an uphill task to overcome players of top ranks to enter the business round of the tournament.
A comparatively easy draw for Roger Federer
It might finally be Roger Federer’s 18th overall Grand Slam title and his 8th at Wimbledon. The Swiss maestro’s season has been waiting for these two weeks and his morale will be specially high as he comes in with a victory at the Halle last week, which was also his eighth at the venue. Federer will be pleased to see his possible opponents in the initial rounds with his first major threat coming in the form of Nadal or Murray in the semis.
Nadal’s form a cause of concern
Rafa has been awarded the 10th seed in the tournament, quite dismal to his standards. Struggling on grass court ever since his win in 2011, he might struggle again but cannot be ruled-out as he could make a wild-card appearance taking the tournament by a storm. This is also his lowest seeding at a Grand Slam.
Murray has a Mountain ahead of him
His first round opponent Mikhail Kukushin is definitely a major challenge for him, but what comes next for him is much worse. Prodigies, tricksters, champions in the form of Seppi, Karlovic, Nadal, Tsonga and Federer all await to make life difficult in these two weeks for the Scot.
Novak Djokovic’s loss in France was unanticipated, as he will attempt to bounce back. While Federer will look to make it No. 8 Wimbledon and Murray would love to repeat his 2013 heroics. Nadal’s recent form has pushed him down to No. 10, he sure will try to revive from there.
Wimbledon 2015 is going to be filled with exciting headlines as it is set to begin on Monday, the 29th.