Five Men Trying To Dispose Novak Djokovic As The Current King Of Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic currently holds all four Grand Slam titles in tennis and the Serbian starts the defence of his Wimbledon title today against Brit James Ward.
The world number one is attempting to win his fourth title at the All England club, which would be his third in a row, and trying to win all of the Slams in one year. It won't be that simple of the next 13 days though for the 11 time slam champion and here are five men trying to become the new grass court king.
The home favourite, the second seed and the person to win it most recently who isn't Novak. Murray is back with coach Ivan Lendl the man who's been in his corner for his two previous Grand Slam wins, at Wimbledon in 2013 and the US Open in 2012, and that can only boost the Scot.
His recent form is excellent having reached the French Open final just last month, becoming only the 10th man in the Open Era to reach finals of all four slams, and he won Queens playing some excellent stuff. The pressure of playing at home rarely seems to get to Murray and if he recaptures the form from 2013 then a final against Novak should await.
Only won at SW19 seven times in the past so number eight shouldn't be too much of a stretch. Okay so the 34 year old is far past the peak of his powers and hasn't won a slam since winning on these shores in 2012 but he's world number three for a reason still.
Fed is a fan favourite pretty much anywhere he goes in the world and especially at Wimbledon so he'll always be the man being cheered on as long as he doesn't come up against Murray. A match against his nemesis Djokovic could await in the semi-final. Just don't count him out.
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At 25 Raonic maybe hasn't shown what everyone believed he would be capable when he was younger just yet but there's plenty of time. Now with John McEnroe in his corner the big serving Canadian can only improve.
His run to the Queen's Club final earlier this month was very impressive and he didn't drop a service game till midway through that match against Murray, which the Scot eventually won from a break and a set down. He has reached a semi-final at Wimbledon before so he's used to going long in the tournament and also reached the semis in Australia this year.
The 13th seed Australian definitely has the game capable of winning a slam even at this young part of his career but the big question is whether or not the controversial 21 year old has the mentality to win a slam.
In 2014 he made the quarter finals at SW19 and he has another last eight performance at his home Grand Slam in 2015 so he can get into the second week of slams. If he can keep his temperament in check then a match up against Murray could be in store for him, win that and who knows?
As ranked number 24 for the championships Zverev winning Wimbledon wouldn't exactly be like Boris Becker winning as a qualifier but as a relatively unknown teenager grabbing the title it would be the closest thing to it since 1985.
Zverev beat Roger Federer in a semi-final at the Halle tournament in Germany this month. To put in perspective how impressive that is in all his years making that tournament his Wimbledon warm up act the Swiss star had never failed to make the final.
The 19 year old German doesn't really have too much chance of winning the tournament this time round but he's certainly the future of the sport.
There's certainly some other names who might fancy there chances at winning Wimbledon this year but truth be told it's hard to look past Djokovic, Murray and possibly Federer. Stan Wawrinka is usually best of the rest at other slams but the Swiss number two has never got past the quarters at SW19.
Can anyone dethrone Djokovic?
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