Wimbledon Open 2018
This is one of the oldest and the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. The tournament has kicked off marking as the 141st year of the tournament. This has further cemented the legacy of the tournament in the books of history. In the tournament there are the big four players that have been winning the tournament since 2003. The first one is Roger Federer who has earned eight titles. He is closely followed by Novak Djokovic who has three titles. There is Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray who have two titles each.
This is expected as the first Grand Slam of 2018 where all these big four players will be participating. Murray was not part of the French and Australian Open due to a hip injury. As for Federer, he chose not to play. For these four, they are not the collective favourites. There are other young players knocking the Grand Slam doors. These are Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev. A bona fide Grand Slam threat has been Marin Cilic among the likes of Hyeon Chung, Dominic Thiem and Kyle Edmund.
In this post, we will look at the top three favourites and why we think they will win the tournament.
Just like in 2017, Nadal tore the claycourt swing this year. He won four tournaments and this included the French Open. After he finished the Roland Garros, he said that he was fatigued and withdrew from the Queen’s Club Championships. He is yet to confirm of his participation at Wimbledon. Since 2012, Nadal has not proceeded past the fourth round at the All-England Club. All in all, he is a two time champion and three time finalist and this indicates that he has what it takes to be a winner.
Why do we think he deserves the win?
He has had a great record at the Wimbledon but he has not yet made it past the fourth round since 2011. But he has been unlucky where he has faced opponents who have played their skins against him. Last year he faced Gilles Muller and the likes of Nick Kygios and Dustin Brown. He has often does not transition well from clay to grass. But if he stays fit, he will do good.
He made his return to the game in March after he had his elbow surgery in January. He has shown great progress in the past two months where he has made it to the semi-final of the Rome Masters and quarter finals in the French Open. Djokovic will be a dark house at Wimbledon and should make a good run.
Why we think he deserves the win
Even though he had issues on and off the court in the last few years, he has made it back on track. After he was defeated in the French Open, he was not sure whether he would win on the grass again. He had great knowledge on the grass and we expect Wimbledon will bring the best in him. After a couple of injuries, he is now pain-free and we expect to see the Djokovic we were used to.
He is a finalist in last year’s and 2018 Australian Open finalist. Cilic has made a great start to the grass court this season where he has won the Queen’s Club Championships. He has shown great improvement on grass and we hope he will do better this year after he lost to Federer last year.
Why we think he will win
He has done great in past tournament making it to the final last year and having a great start in the season. He is in great shape and we believe that he might make it to the final with great chances of being the winner at the tournament.