Andy Murray has been the market mover for Wimbledon and Bet Enthusiast are right behind the British player winning the title he craves the most. Murray won the title at Queens last week which has often provided a good form guide for Wimbledon. It is debatable who wants what most, Phil Mickelson the US Open in golf or Murray the most prestigious championship in tennis.
Mickelson came up agonisingly short last weekend as Justin Rose became the first English player to win a major since Sir Nick Faldo won his third US Masters in 1996. However, in this case Murray could achieve his main career ambition and become the first British player to win the men’s singles at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
In the context of results on grass Murray had the best form last season. He lost in the Wimbledon final last summer but came back to beat Roger Federer in straight sets to win the gold medal at the Olympics. Murray built on that success to beat Novak Djokovic in five sets in the final of the US Open, thus becoming the first British player to win a Grand Slam title since Perry won the last of his three Wimbledon titles.
By defeating Djokovic in the final of the US Open Murray won his 100th Grand Slam match of his career and confirmed his status amongst the top four players in the world. By winning Olympic gold Murray became the first British man to win the gold medal since 1908. He then lost in the final of the mixed doubles with Laura Robson. He is just the 7th male tennis player to win two medals at the same Olympics.
Over the last five years Murray has achieved progressively better results at Wimbledon. In 2008 he reached the quarter finals, made the last four in the next three years and was the losing finalist 12 months ago. Just as the next natural career progression for Justin Rose was to win a major championship the next step for Murray is to win the Wimbledon title.
All the usual suspects will be in opposition but the vagaries of the seedings and draw mean that Murray might only play Djokovic, Federer or Rafael Nadal in the final. Conversely he might have to beat all three to win the title. The waters are muddied by Nadal’s world ranking which has dropped due his absence from the sport due to injury. However, Murray will be confident he can add to his tally of majors however his schedule pans out over the next two weeks.
Federer has won seven Wimbledon titles and now only Nadal has won more titles at the same Grand Slam. The Spanish player has won the French Open eight times and at aged 31 this could be Federer’s last genuine chance to win at Wimbledon again. In order to do so he will probably need to beat Murray but we are confident he will not be able to stop Murray achieving his ultimate career goal.
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