There have been four different winners at the past four Wimbledon men’s championships and this year seems to be wide open again as the Men’s singles draw is completely up for grabs. The top four seeded men going into this years third Grand Slam are Novak Djokovic at number one, Rafael Nadal at number two, defending champion Andy Murry at number three and seven time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the fourth seed. The men’s rankings are based on performance at the most prestigious of grass tournaments at the All England Club instead of regular tour rankings.
Novak Djokovic is coming off of a loss to Nadal in the French Open finals where the Spanish man has been dominant on the clay surface. Djokovic is seeded first because of his form at Wimbledon even though he is number two in the world behind Nadal. He was the champion back in 2011, and then lost his title defense to the Swiss great Roger Federer a year later in 2012. Last year Novak was on the wrong side of history as Andy Murray turned out to be the first British men’s champion at the All England Club in 77 years. The Serbian Djokovic needs to prove to himself that he can still win Grand Slam titles because in his last three finals appearances he has gone a disappointing 0-3. Many expect Novak to make a deep run again as he has made it to the finals in three straight years and his style of play suits grass courts rather well.
Nadal is an amazing clay court player but has notoriously struggled on grass and in the past two years has gone out in the second and first rounds respectively from the All England Club. He has had success at Wimbledon winning the championship in 2008 and 2010 and reached the Finals in 2011. In the past three years Nadal has only played six times on grass going 2-4 and is on a three match-losing streak. His lack on time on the surface could lead to another early exit.
Expectations are high for Andy Murry at Wimbledon especially since neither Nadal nor Djokovic are in great form and Federer’s age has really been showing so the draw this year for Men’s singles is completely up for grabs. Having a home field advantage is of course a big bonus for the Scot but his form against the other top seeds has not been good losing to Federer at the Australian earlier this year, to Djokovic in Miami and twice to Nadal in Rome and most recently in the semi-finals of the French Open. Murry also has not had a win on the tour since his first win at Wimbledon almost a year ago. Murry should make the quarterfinals at the least, but many do not seen him going the distance this year unless some other upsets open up an easier path to the finals.
Roger Federer has won seventeen Grand Slam major championships in his long career, but has not reached made a finals appearance since he won Wimbledon back in 2012. Many believe this is his last chance to get one more major to buffer his record against a rising Nadal who with this years win at the French Open took him to 14 major titles. Federer should feel good going into the tournament since he just won his second title of the year at Halle, which is another grass court competition so the 32 year olds form is on the rise.
Besides the top four seeded men there are a handful of other contenders most notably Stanislas Wawrinka who is ranked number three in the world and seeded fifth at Wimbledon this year. Wawrinka won this year’s Australian Open but then had a series of poor performance including a loss in the first round at Roland Garros to become the first defending Grand Slam champion to lose at the French Open since 1998. Other names to take note of include the former All England Club finalist Tomas Berdych, the bull from Spain, David Ferrer, the ever-improving Grigor Dimitrov, and Milos Raonic the big-serving Canadian. Any of these men listed above could shock the “big four” as the Wimbledon’s Men’s singles is up for grabs in 2014.
By B. Taylor Rash