Memories of last year’s round-of-16 loss to Nick Kyrgios may come flooding back as it appears Nadal will need to quickly improve if he’s to enter the latter stage of the tournament. He looked to me like he just wasn’t ready or fit enough to deal with Murray in Paris. “That’s been good for me”. “I wasn’t expecting to have loads of opportunities with the way [Anderson] had been serving this week and the way the courts were playing….” I think Andy is going to win a couple more slams.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts as he attends the trophy ceremony after being defeated by Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men’s singles final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, June 7, 2015.
Federer is a seven-time Wimbledon champion, with his last title coming in 2012, which was the last of his 17 grand slam titles. “In a way I was always thinking: ‘How would I break in with [Jimmy] Connors and [Bjorn] Borg and be considered their equal?’ It was not easy to do that and when I sort of felt like I was on that level, it felt like an awesome accomplishment”.
Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles and, on form, is still among the best in the world.
“There are microphones on the court and social media so there are a lot of occasions when players have to guard their emotions and that’s unfortunate because you want to see the real person”.
ADI found that Djokovic has more than 10 million fans and followers, and he also was the most-mentioned player in the past 30 days, boasting the highest global reach.
“I have been traveling a lot this year”.
Murray, on the other hand, is rated at 5/2 by many bookmakers and could well be looking at a third Wimbledon final after last appearing at that stage in 2013 when he won the event.
Irrespective of his poor clay-court form (compared to his standards), Nadal has in fact been his most impressive on grass to date this season, since he managed to win the Wimbledon title in 2008.
Andy Murray has been named as the third seed for Wimbledon – but former champion Rafael Nadal is down at No 10.
Earlier this month, the Thornhill, Ont., native returned from surgery on a pinched nerve in his foot to play at the Aegon Championship, losing to Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals.
However, despite the weight of numbers suggesting that his best years are behind him, Federer fervently believes that another Wimbledon is not beyond him and he was buoyed by his eighth Halle title at the weekend. “In two or three years’ time, we have to be careful”.
Borg was then defending his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title, and McEnroe had beat ex- champion Jimmy Connors in the semi-finals to reach his first final. The official draw setting first-round matches will take place at 5 a.m. ET Friday.