The 5 Men to Watch Out For at Wimbledon 2016
The Quint takes a look at the five men to watch out for at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon, the oldest grand slam, first played in 1877, is all set to begin on 27 June. It’s time to bring out the strawberries and champagne, and enjoy some top class tennis at the All England Club.
World number one Novak Djokovic is going through the best spell of his life. He will be going for his fifth grand slam in a row. If Djokovic manages to win this year, he will accomplish a never before achieved feat in tennis history.
But will the likes of Roger Federer and Andy Murray let Djokovic get there?
The Quint takes a look at the five men to watch out for at Wimbledon 2016.
1. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has a 28-match winning streak in majors, covering four consecutive tournaments. Now he sets off on a journey to complete the first true Grand Slam by a man since Rod Laver in 1969.
The Serbian has reached at least the semi-final at Wimbledon in each of the past six years, including titles in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
The 29-year-old has won six titles and has lost only three match this season. He is seeded number one at All England Club for the fifth consecutive year.
2016 Match Record: 44-3; 2016 Singles Titles: 6; Career Singles Titles: 65
2. Andy Murray
Andy Murray boosted his chances at Wimbledon 2016 after reuniting with coach Ivan Lendl. Murray had won two Grand Slam titles (US Open 2012 and Wimbledon 2013) under the guidance of Lendl.
Murray, who beat Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final will always be remembered as the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon.
However, Murray has lost eight major finals in his career, including to Djokovic at the Australian Open in January and at the French Open earlier this month.
Although, the 29-year-old is entering Wimbledon high on confidence after winning a record fifth title on grass courts at Queen’s Club.
2016 Match Record: 33-6; 2016 Singles Titles: 2; Career Singles Titles: 37
3. Roger Federer
Roger Federer starts a new streak of Grand Slam appearances after his record 65-major run ended when he pulled out of the French Open due to injury.
The Swiss maestro enters Wimbledon without winning a title this year. After the semi-final loss to Djokovic in Australian Open, Federer has been riddled with injuries which has hampered his campaign in 2016. But Wimbledon, where the 34-year-old always feels confident, might just turnaround his season.
Federer’s last Grand Slam title came at Wimbledon in 2012 He equaled Pete Sampras and Willie Renshaw’s record of seven championships at the grass-court major.
The world number three managed to reach the last two finals at the All England Club, but went down to Djokovic both times. The two players may face each other in the semi-final this year.
2016 Match Record: 16-6; 2016 Singles Titles: 0; Career Singles Titles: 88
4. Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka is presently working with the 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek to get help with playing on grass. The Swiss number two has won major titles on hard courts and clay, but least amount of Grand Slam success has come at Wimbledon
He is yet to make it past the quarter-final and has three first-round exits in the past six years at the All England Club.
But, if Wawrinka, who is known for his grit and determination, gets his big forehand and beautiful one-handed backhand on target, he can present problems for any opponent.
2016 Match Record: 27-9; 2016 Singles Titles: 3; Career Singles Titles: 14
5. Milos Raonic
The world number seven Milos Raonic has brought aboard three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe as a coaching consultant for the grass court season. McEnroe calls Raonic “one of the contenders” at the All England Club.
Raonic, who doesn’t have a great record at Wimbldeon, showed he has the potential to go deep in the tournament after reaching the semi-final in 2014.
The Canadian has the type of game – big serve, especially – to succeed on grass He made an impressive run to final on the surface at Queen’s Club this month before losing in three sets to Andy Murray.
2016 Match Record: 31-8; 2016 Singles Titles: 1; Career Singles Titles: 8
(With inputs from AP)
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