Coming live from London is the third Grand Slam of the year, the prestigious Wimbledon championships. Throughout history, it has been a hunting ground for some of the top tennis players of the world. But the real question is, who will be taking the Grand Slam title on the plush green grass of the All England Club this summer?
The first two Grand Slam men’s singles events of the year have given us different champions. Novak Djokovic triumphed at The Australian Open 2019 and Rafael Nadal had the reigns at the French Open 2019. Roger Federer is pushing to win one more Grand Slam title to add to his already large collection of trophies, but the deeper he gets in the tournament, he’ll be facing some tough competition. Will any of the “Big 3” favourites in the tournament win it? Or will a long shot or sleeper take the title?
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The Big Three
The players predicted to win The Championships this year at Wimbledon for the men’s tournament is dominated by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Federer is one of the favoured amongst the Wimbledon faithful fans.
However, the main challenger will most likely be last year’s winner Djokovic. The Serb has enjoyed an amazing season this year and is also a much – loved contender in The Championships.
Nadal has the skill set and experience to win in London but he hasn’t been on his top performance compared to the level of dominance he set for himself in Paris. Even though has two Wimbledon titles, his last win was in 2010.
The favourite to win the men’s singles at Wimbledon this year is Novak Djokovic. He already has one Grand Slam under his belt after winning the Australian Open and is the current defending champion of the event.
Last year he beat Kevin Anderson in the Finals in 2018. Djokovic hasn’t played on grass so far this year, but more will be known about his readiness for Wimbledon in the days to come, so keep a close eye on him.
Federer is still money on the grass at the age of 37 years old. Case in point: his current victory win at the 2019 Noventi Open in Halle, Germany this past month. Now Federer’s focus will be on taking home his ninth overall Wimbledon championship. Federer last won it in 2017 before losing out in the quarterfinals the following year. The grass surface is perfect for Federer’s aggressive style and strong serve.
The Spaniard was once again dominant in Paris even though many doubted Rafa Nadal before the start of the French Open. His injuries at the beginning of the clay court season are now gone, and it’s obvious that Rafa is feeling really good right now. We all know that grass is not Nadal’s favourite surface though and he will be up against tough competition more suited to the green courts.
In his peak years, Nadal won the tournament and was certainly a force to be reckoned with. He will, however, face some of the greatest in the game right now who would like to stop him and take the title for themselves.
Nadal will need to be on top performance going up against the usual suspects Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. However, Alexander Zverev and Thiem, as well as a number of up and coming players like Juan Martin del Potro, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori could rise up and play their all-time best matches against Nadal and stop him from winning at Wimbledon.
Up and Coming
For years now experts have been predicting that we could see the next wave of young talent coming through to challenge the big three.
Players like Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev are yet to make their mark in the tennis world. If one of them were to begin their era at Wimbledon, then it would most like be Zverev due to his preference for grass. Thiem fared well in France where he made it to the final before being beaten by Nadal.