The Royalty of Tennis world is in action; yes, I am indeed referring to Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament of the world and the grandest of grand slams. The beautiful grass courts, the traditional white attire, the strawberries dipped in cream, could it get any classier? On top of that, the on-court battles have produced some of the best tennis the world has ever witnessed. Who would want to miss the mighty Wimbledon then? Not me.
The 2017 Wimbledon could well be a historical one since it might just be the last time that arguably the greatest and quite certainly, the most successful tennis player of all time, Roger Federer takes the stage at All England Club. The great Swiss is in sublime form as well and well rested, since he decided not to participate in The Roland Garros after his record breaking 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year. It is also very exciting for everyone who follows tennis that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have the possibility of facing each other in the final this year. Now wouldn’t that be epic?
Roger Federer overcame his arch rival Rafael Nadal in a 5-set thriller to bag his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open. Not only that, but he has been unbeaten against Rafael Nadal throughout this year. The Swiss Master beat his Spanish rival at Indian Wells Masters in their round of 16 clash and also, at The Miami Open’s final, dismantling Nadal in straight sets on both occasions. Federer is about to turn 36 in August but physically, he hasn’t shown any signs of aging this year. His forehand seems to have an unstoppable force behind it, his movement just as poetic as it always has been and he looks like he is just as hungry for the titles as he was when he first burst onto the scene almost two decades ago.
On the other hand, Nadal seems to have found his gear at the right time. After the hard-court losses to Roger Federer, he took the stage at Roland Garros and the king claimed what was rightly his throne. He took home his record breaking 10th French Open title without losing a single set, so basically, destroying everyone on his way to the title. He has also started his Wimbledon campaign in sublime fashion and this is the first time in years that the brutal, furious old Rafa that we so wished to see again, seems to be back at his best. And when we think about it, a Federer-Nadal finale at the greatest tennis court in the world, mouth-watering to say the least!
But the defending champion and top seeded Andy Murray would have other ideas. Lady luck seems to be on Murray’s side so far since his potential opponent in quarterfinals, world no. 3 Stan Wawrinka saw the exit on the very first day of Wimbledon 2017 courtesy an upset defeat at the hands of Daniil Medvedev. Murray’s route to the semis might have just got a tad bit easier.
World No. 4, Novak Djokovic hasn’t been on top of his game, in fact he has been pretty disappointing this past year and to add to that, his route to the finals is perhaps the toughest one of all the big guns. He could be facing the 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, past that and he could face Gael Monfils and if he makes it to the quarterfinals, he could be facing Dominic Thiem who beat Djokovic at the French open and that too in straight sets. If all goes well for Djokovic, he could face Roger Federer in the semifinals while Murray could set a match up with Nadal in the semifinal.
Coming to the women’s side, the absence of defending champion Serena Williams has made this year's Wimbledon an open contest. With top seed and last year's runner-up Angelique Kerber vying for her first Wimbledon crown, second seed Simona Halep and 3rd seed Karolina Pliskova will be looking forward to claim their first ever grand slam trophy.
French open champion, Jelena Ostapenk of Latvia seems to be in the form of her life this year. Seeded 13th for Wimbledon, the 20-year-old looks upbeat and confident to win back to back grand slams.
This year could also see a British woman player emerging victorious at All England Club in Johanna Konta. Seeded 6th for the tournament, Konta is the first British woman to be ranked in the top 10 at Wimbledon since 1984, giving rise to a possibility that she can become the first home player to win the ladies singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977.
The Williams sisters have dominated Wimbledon in the 21st century, winning 12 titles between them. Venus Williams is seeded 10th and she has not won a grand slam title since 2008. She would be hoping to change that albeit age might not be on her side.
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