Federer have something to prove?
Wimbledon 2015 will take place between June 29th and July 12th from the All England Club on the outskirts of London. Novak Djokovic, the current World No. 1, will be the defending champion at the event while former champions Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray are also expected to be in the field. A couple weeks ahead of the event, Djokovic appears to be the biggest threat for the tournament.
The current World No. 1, besides winning the title in 2014, also won Wimbledon in 2011. He will enter the grass court Grand Slam having won 13 of 14 Grand Slam matches this season. While he lost in the French Open final, Djokovic won the Australian Open title earlier this season.
Two of the other former champions are players who appear to be fading at this point and time.
Rafael Nadal, having won Wimbledon titles in 2008 and 2010, has not enjoyed much success at Wimbledon recently. The Spaniard has lost in the early to middle rounds in three straight seasons, often to unproven players. Nadal is also going through a slump in 2015 and it would not be surprising to see him fail to make the quarters at this year's All England Club.
Roger Federer, who will turn 34-years old this summer, is also a player with something to prove. The seven-time Wimbledon champion has not made the final of any major since last year's SW19 tournament. So far in 2015, Federer is 29-6 and he already has three titles on the year. However those titles came from Brisbane, Dubai, and Istanbul - not exactly the biggest tournaments on tour. Federer, after losing in the third round of the Aussie to Andreas Seppi and the French Open quarters, is fading when it comes to the big events. Should he fail to make the final at Wimbledon 2015, he stands to set up himself up for a bit of a ranking slide.
Andy Murray, currently ranked third in the world, appears to be the player who is the biggest challenge to Djokovic. The 2013 Wimbledon champion did not do well during the summer of 2014 as he appeared to go through a bad patch of tournament results. However Murray was as good as ever at the recently completed French Open as he matched his best results from Roland Garros. Furthermore the Scot won two clay court titles at Madrid and Munich respectively, the first clay court titles of his career. While overshadowed by Djokovic, Murray definitely appears to be re-approaching his best tennis.
Accordingly, Wimbledon 2015 appears to be a showdown between Djokovic and Murray. Ahead of the draw, predicting the finalists is hindered: Djokovic and Murray might be on the same side of the draw, making a championship showdown impossible. However if they are opposite to one another then tennis fans can definitely look for another Grand Slam final between the two. Djokovic has gotten the best of Murray over the years but the Scot has won two Grand Slam finals at the Serb's expense, including one at the All England Club.
(1) Nadal to falter in the quarters or earlier.
(2) Federer to falter before the final.
(3) Djokovic and Murray will meet in either the semis or the final, as dictated by the draw.
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