In a week’s time, the most prestigious tennis tournament of the year will start. The only major tournament to be played on grass, Wimbledon has its own charm. From lush green grass courts to players in pristine whites, Wimbledon is all about making history. It is every professional tennis player’s dream to hold the Wimbledon trophy. Let’s have a look at the top men’s Tennis players and their chances at winning at the All-England Tennis club.
1. Novak Djokovic : Best result Champion 2011,2014; ATP Rank- 1
Djokovic is the defending champion and the current best tennis player. Barring his recent French open loss to Stan Wawrinka, he is pretty much had a flawless season. He is the top contender for the trophy and it would require a really special and inspired performance to topple Novak.
2. Roger Federer : Best Result Champion 2003-07, 2009, 2012; ATP Rank-2
Federer is synonymous with Wimbledon. He’s tied with Pete Sampras on most number of wins. He might not have won any Major in the last couple of years but, you can never discount this 17-time Grand slam champion when he’s playing on his favourite surface especially after his win at Halle last week.
3. Andy Murray : Best result Champion 2013; ATP Rank-3
Murray is entering this tournament with his confidence high after winning the Aegon Championship at Queens. He will be playing in front of his home crowd and has a really good chance at taking back the trophy.
4. Stanislas Wawrinka: Best result Quarter Finalist 2013; ATP Rank-4
The freshly crowned French open champ is the king of upsets. He defeated Nadal to win his maiden grand slam trophy in Australia last year and snatched away the Roland Garros trophy from Djokovic a couple of weeks back. He will be vying to be only the fifth man in the open era history to win the Channel slam i.e. back to back French and Wimbledon trophies. (Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Nadal and Federer have already done it). It remains to be seen if his backhand is just as lethal on grass as it was on clay.
5. Rafael Nadal: Best Result Champion 2008,2010; ATP Rank-10
Rafa is entering Wimbledon out of form, rusty and with his lowest ranking yet. He will be seeded pretty low which will lead to a very tough draw. He just lost his beloved French open trophy. His win at Stuttgart is also overshadowed by his dismal performance at Queens. Considering his form, it seems likely that he’ll crash out of Wimbledon but, hopefully will bounce back soon enough because if there is one player who can out on top after all this, it is Rafael Nadal.
6. Kei Nishikori : Best Result 4th round 2014; ATP Rank-5
He’s had a pretty decent season so far but, grass isn’t his strongest surface and he is expected to struggle on the faster Wimbledon grass courts.
7. Tomas Berdych: Best Result Finalist 2010; ATP Rank-6
He was felled by Tsonga at the French Open and has always been that player who is great but is always been defeated by someone better during the final stages of the competition. Will he be successful this time around?
8. David Ferrer: Best Result Quarter Finalist 2012,2013; ATP Rank-7
Ferrer has been remarkably consistent the last few years with regular fourth round or Quarter final appearances. Whether he can break this monotony and go ahead remains to be seen.
9. Milos Raonic: Best Result Semi Fianlist 2014; ATP Rank-8
Raonic had to withdraw from the French Open due to an injury to his left foot. If he has recovered and is fit then, his powerful serve and good baseline strokes could help him go ahead than his semi final appearance last year.
10. Marin Cilic: Best Result Quarter Finalist 2014; ATP Rank-9
This former US open Champion has struggled with injuries over the years. He has a great serve, a powerful forehand and all the weapons to be the biggest threat to the top 4 on grass.
Who do you think has the best chance to win? Will it be one of the top 4? With Kyrgios withdrawing and a doubtful Tsonga, does someone outside have a chance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.