Where every day is a day in history…
The tennis world is in an ebullient mood as the 129th edition of The Championships is just round the corner. All eyes will be at the All England Club as the finest tennis players on the planet begin their quest for a place in history. However, winning at Wimbledon takes more than impeccable tennis. Impeccable tennis might take you to the second Sunday of the Championships but to be crowned as the champion you must not break under the mental pressure that highest level of tennis brings. On the finals day it is all about who handles the pressure well.
In 2013, Andy Murray did just that. With the entire nation’s hope residing upon him, Andy broke the shackles of self-doubt to become the first British man in the open era to win the title at SW19. He is seeded number 3 this year and his draw is nowhere near easy.The former champion must defeat Nadal, Federer and Djokovic in potential quarter-final,semi-final and final respectively to repeat his 2013 results. Even though Andy must defeat 3 former champions in succession (provided they make it to that stage in the tournament) to win the trophy, his chances of winning are still not diminished. Andy bagged the title at Aegon Championships last week and is in form of his life. Having tasted success once at this prestigious tournament, Andy will love to do it again.
Number one seed and defending champion, Novak Djokovic had the best start to the year. Winning on the Australian hard-courts, the Serbian is now an 8 time Grand Slam Champion. However, the heart breaking loss at Roland Garros to Wawrinka, may have some after-effects on the Serb. With a potential semi-final against Wawrinka in prospect, the stage is set for another great encounter between the two.
Swiss number one, and 17 time grand slam champion, Roger Federer, is bidding for another Wimbledon title this year. A record equaling seven time champion at SW19, the Swiss maestro looks forward to adding another one to his collection. Winning on grass is all about playing the big points well, and that requires a great deal of confidence.Winning the title at Halle has served Roger with that confidence. Federer came close to winning Wimbledon last year,but stumbled on the last block. He lost to Novak in the finals in a five-set thriller. With that in mind, Federer will look forward to do one better this year.
Nadal finds himself in unfamiliar territory, as the Spaniard is seeded 10th at The Championships. With no Roland Garros title to his name this year, it will be interesting to see how Rafa manages this added level of pressure. The two-time champion at Wimbledon has won just one trophy on grass in last five years. Nadal was knocked out of the race in the fourth round last year and in first round the year before. However, if Rafa manages to enter the second week of the Championships, then he can prove to be a force to reckon with.
Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori have played some great tennis all year but can they reproduce that level of tennis at the Centre Court of Wimbledon ?
With so many high intensity matches to look forward to, the stage is set for another great Championships’ edition .
Let The Championships begin…