The third Grand Slam championship will kick off on Monday. Very soon we’ll watch one of the most prestigious tennis events of the year. What will it be? Let’s look at the top men path to the Wimbledon title.
Not surprisingly, Novak Djokovic is the clear favorite not only to the Wimbledon title, but to the Golden Slam 2016. The Serb has all chances to win four grand slams and the Olympic Games in August. Novak looks great this year, while most of his opponents show nothing special. Only Andy Murray with Ivan Lendl tries to resist Novak somehow. But the results of the reunion we’ll likely see on the Olympics or US Open.
Now let’s analyze the quarters of the Wimbledon draw.
Novak’s way to the final match seems to be quite clear: the in-form Milos Raonic in the quarters, injury-induced Roger Federer in the semis and Andy Murray in the title match.
The revealed draw has been a lucky one for the Swiss who has missed Roland Garros due to his back injury. All he needs now is to pick up his pace to progress to the second week of the event. Luckily, the duration of the Championship may afford it. The aging Swiss will have to defeat Guido Pella and the Ricardas Berankis – Marcus Willis winner to run into Alexandr Dolgopolov, Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic and/or Kei Nishikori. In this part of the draw we’ll watch out for Gilles Muller, who has recently been a ‘s-Hertogenbosch runner-up and Nottingham’s semifinalist.
However, if Federer is undercooked and less than 100 percent ready, Gael Monfils or Dolgopolov will be there to catch a QF spot.
Stan Wawrinka’s quarter is the most intriguing. And there’s no surprise: Wawrinka has never before reached the Wimbledon semis and consequently this part of the draw will be most wide open. Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut, Bernard Tomic, Tomas Berdych and Alexander Zverev are all great contenders.
Let us remind you that Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev have shown brilliant tennis before the Wimbledon start and can probably face each other in the 1/8. There are also lots of unseeded players including Florian Mayer, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Fernando Verdasco who may also make a difference. As for the 4th-seeded Stan, he may rely on his big serve, but we won’t day for it will work. Things may go really crazy here!
The second-ranked Scot’s toughest test prior to the semifinal match will come against Nick Kyrgios in the fourth-round action. Before that, Murray will sail past Liam Broady, Yen-Hsun Lu and the Benoit Paire – John Millman winner. The Australian’s way to the best 16 will be much more brutal.
So shall Murray manage to survive the test against Kyrgios, we’ll likely to watch another award ceremony with Murray and Djokovic playing the leading roles.
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