No wonder Djokovic and Williams had a spring in their step at last year’s Champions’ Dinner. He has played two grass-court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon and didn’t win either, but give him nearly two weeks and he could be a tough test for Djokovic in the semifinals.
The 22-year-old has earned just over 217,000 U.S. dollars in career prize money compared to Murray’s 46,740,897 United States dollars and while the Scot has won 37 titles, Broady has never been past the second round at a major tournament. “He’s got two already”. They’ve had such a great last six months, last few years.
“In tennis there is the career Grand Slam, there is four in a row, there is the calendar year Grand Slam and the Golden Slam”, said the Czech. It is safe to say Novak Djokovic is the top player in the world and is the heavy favorite to win the whole thing.
Andy Murray will play fellow Briton Liam Broady in the first round at Wimbledon and has been drawn in the same half as Stan Wawrinka.
Murray gave his strongest indication yet that he will play in Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final away to Serbia, which starts just five days after the Wimbledon final. Murray was still not part of the Big 4 as we know it today.
Murray defeated Djokovic in straight sets in the Wimbledon final three years ago, but has not won a major since.
Murray’s most testing opponents would appear to be the distinctly talented but unpredictable Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round and Stanislas Wawrinka, the former Australian and French Open champion, in the semi-final.
It was a great confidence booster to Murray to believe that he could beat the best in big finals. Yes, his game is very effective on grass. Kei Nishikori of Japan is No. 5, while Milos Raonic, who has hired John McEnroe as coach, is sixth.
After, the schocking split with the American, Murray became the first high-profile tennis player to appoint a woman as a coach when Amelie Mauresmo came on board in June 2014.
“Everyone is chasing Djokovic, there’s no question about it”, three-times Wimbledon victor John McEnroe said this week looking ahead to Djokovic’s attempted defence of the crown.
The 14-year-old Solihull School pupil has always been known as one to watch for the future, and he was at it again on Sunday as he claimed victory at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Midlands Regional Qualifier at Billesley Tennis Centre in Birmingham.
The world No 4 is Murray’s seeded semi-final opponent but the Swiss star has never gone beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and was beaten by Fernando Verdaso in the first round at Queen’s Club underlining his discomfort on grass.
Rod Laver knows what it takes to complete tennis’ ultimate achievement, having won the Grand Slam as an amateur in 1962 and again as a pro in 1969. I think probably when I’m done here, I’ll have another chat with him, make sure.
Heather Watson drew another German in Annika Beck while the promising 17-year-old Katie Swan faces Hungarian Timea Babos. With a title in London, there would be just the US Open remaining to sweep all of the majors in 2016. And the road to No. 22 could likely end with a match against Muguruza in the final. Since, there have been hopes he would soon be a grand slam victor but he hasn’t been able to deliver.
At Wimbledon, Djokovic won’t see Nadal, out with an injured left wrist.
“Because it was for Wimbledon, it was for the rest of the season, it was for my life, it was for the rest of my career”, he said. Maybe. But not this year in London. “He is approaching Roger’s records, which would seem insurmountable”.
“Look, this back has won me 88 titles, so I’m okay with that back”.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were ruling the roost in the Grand Slams for close to a decade.