Justin previews the 2014 Wimbledon Championships for ATPWorldTour.com. Below is ATPWorldTour.com’s written preview of the upcoming Championships.
• Big Four Title Favourites – The Big Four of Roger Federer(17), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (6) and Andy Murray (2) have captured 35 of the past 37 Grand Slam tournaments (since 2005 Roland Garros). The only exceptions came at the ‘09 US Open where Juan Martin del Potro won the title and this year’s Australian Open where Stan Wawrinka broke through for his maiden crown. Here is a breakdown of the 35 titles: Nadal (14), Federer (13), Djokovic (6) and Murray (2).
• Top Four Seeds Lead Way – The last time a player seeded outside of the Top 4 won the Wimbledon title was in 2001 when No. 125th-ranked Goran Ivanisevic took advantage of a wild card opportunity to defeat Patrick Rafterin a five-set Monday final. This is the longest current stretch of Top 4 titles of any Grand Slam tournament. Since ’02 when No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt won the title, four other players have won the Wimbledon crown – Federer (seven times), Nadal (twice), Djokovic (once) and Andy Murray (once). In fact, only seven players in the Open Era (since 1968) not seeded among the Top 4 have won the title.
• Nadal-Djokovic Rivalry – Since Roland Garros 2010, Djokovic and Nadal have combined to win 13 of the past 17 Grand Slam titles with the Spaniard winning eight Slam titles and the Serb winning five. They have met in two of the past three Slam finals (’13 US Open, ’14 Roland Garros) with Nadal winning both times. Overall they have met a record 42 times with Nadal holding a 23-19 advantage (2-1 on grass).
• Reigning Champ – Last year Andy Murray broke a 77-year British title drought by defeating Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The No. 1 British player came in as the No. 2 seed, the highest by a British man since Bunny Austinwas No. 1 in 1939. Murray was the first British man to win the Wimbledontitle since Fred Perry in 1936. Perry did not defend his title the following year. Since capturing his second Grand Slam crown at the All England Club, Murray has not reached a final. He underwent back surgery last September and he finished last season with a 9-3 record after Wimbledon. He is 27-11 this year and he advanced to the semi-finals at Roland Garros and Acapulco, his best results. He had a career-best 19-match grass court winning streak snapped with a 3R loss to Radek Stepanek at Queen’s.
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