Wimbledon is less than a week away, so we thought it was time to take a look at who is class on the grass.
Wimbledon Record: QF/SF/SF/F/W/QF/SF/W
There’s no doubt that Andy Murray has mastered grass in the last few seasons, and he’s also won an Olympic Gold Medal on grass as well as his two Wimbledon Titles. The problem for Murray fans is the number-one seed’s poor form so far this season. Not only has he failed to reach the final of the Australian and French Opens, but he took an early exit from Queen’s Club last week.
Wimbledon Record: F/F/W/W/F/2R/1R/4R/2R
Nadal is the polar opposite of Andy Murray, in that he’s really struggled at Wimbledon in recent seasons, despite making five consecutive finals earlier in his career. However, after a few seasons struggling with injury, he has looked back to something like his best in finishing runner-up in the Australian Open and dominating the French Open.
Wimbledon Record: QF/2R/2R
One of the most improved players over the last few seasons, Wawrinka needs a Wimbledon Title to complete his own Grand Slam. However, he’s yet to make it past the quarter-finals at SW19, and it would be no surprise if he failed to do so again.
Wimbledon Record: QF/SF/W/SF/F/W/W/3R
Djokovic has won Wimbledon 3 times in the last 6 years, but his third round exit at the hands of Sam Querrey last year started Djokovic’s slump after he had completed his Grand Slam. Now only ranked fourth in the world, he has done little lately that suggests he’s going to take a fourth Wimbledon Title.
Wimbledon Record: W/W/W/W/W/F/W/QF/QF/W/2R/F/F/SF
Most pundits had earmarked Federer as a player that was unlikely to win another Grand Slam after a few baron seasons, but the darling of Wimbledon confounded many when winning this season’s Australian Open. He gave the clay court season a miss to prepare for Wimbledon and, though he took an early exit in Stuttgart, another victory in Halle means he arrives here with a favourite’s chance with those above him in the ranking all having weaknesses.
Wimbledon Record: QF/QF/QF
Established himself firmly as top-10 player over the last few seasons, and already has a Grand Slam Title on his CV. However, he’s yet to make it past the quarter-finals here, and it was disappointing that he couldn’t beat the veteran Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s Club last week.
Wimbledon Record: SF/3R/F
The big-serving Canadian has the perfect game for grass, and was rewarded with a final appearance last year. However, he tends to be outdone by the elite of the game, and hasn’t took the step forward this season that many predicted.
Wimbledon Record: 3R/3R/4R/2R/4R
Made giant strides this season to make it to the French Open Semi-Finals, but has yet to master grass. Yet to get past the fourth round here so far in his career and, though this could be his best Wimbledon, he’s an unlikely winner.
Wimbledon Record: SF/SF/2R/4R/3R/QF
The Frenchman often makes a good showing at Grand Slams, and has twice made it to the semi-finals this season. However, after coming out second-best to the better players on too many occasions throughout his career, he may be lacking the self-confidence now.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have both been lacking motivation this season after becoming dads, and achieving their targets last season, meaning the door could be open for crowd favourite’s Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. Federer has the best Wimbledon record of all but, as Nadal has beaten him here before, it may be wide to back them both.