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Wimbledon 2019 Preview: What 5 Players Stand Out This Year?

Wimbledon 2019 Preview: What 5 Players Stand Out This Year?

Wimbledon is one of the greatest sporting events in the entire global calendar and it never fails to serve up a dazzling blend of excitement, drama and debate. The world’s finest players are preparing to descend upon London for the tournament and they will battle it out for glory over two action-packed weeks. Home fans will not be able to cheer on Andy Murray, as he has no chance of returning from injury in time for the tournament, but several big guns will compete. Here are five players that stand out in this year’s men’s draw:

Novak Djokovic

The Serb capped a magnificent comeback from injury at last year’s tournament as he swept Kevin Anderson aside in an extremely one-sided final. He followed it up by winning the US Open and the Australian Open and he sits comfortably top of the world rankings, so he is understandably the clear favourite to win this tournament.

Check out the Sporting Index spread betting news and you will see just how highly rated Djokovic is by the experts, and he has all the attributes to thrive once again at Wimbledon this year. He has an 87% win record there and he has lifted the trophy four times previously, so he should be full of confidence. The Serb also boasts a strong record against his main rivals: he is 25-22 against Roger Federer after winning their last three meetings, and leads Rafa Nadal 28-26. If you take away clay court matches, the surface Nadal specializes in, Djokovic leads the Spaniard 20-10 and he prevailed in a five-set epic between them here in last year’s semi-finals. He is now at the peak of his powers and he is the man to beat at this tournament.

Roger Federer

The great Swiss has won this tournament eight times and it remains his happiest hunting ground, while the crowd adores him. He triumphed in 2017 and he was the favourite to defend his trophy last year, but Federer surprisingly crashed out at the hands of Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. His record at Grand Slams since then has been pretty average for a man of his sublime talents, and Father Time appears to finally be catching up with the 37-year-old. He lost to unheralded Australian John Millman at the US Open, to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open earlier this year and then Nadal took him apart in the French Open semi-finals last month. He is still the most successful men’s player of all time, but Nadal is now just two Grand Slams behind him and he will be desperate to secure a 21st at Wimbledon. However, his legs may betray him against a younger man once more.

Rafa Nadal

Grass is Nadal’s weakest surface and his 81% win record at Wimbledon does not compare favourably to the 98% win rate he holds at the French Open. Last year’s surge to the semi-finals was his best showing since 2011, when he lost to Djokovic in four sets in the final. He has won this tournament twice before, but not since 2010. The clay court king will be expected to reach the latter stages of this year’s showpiece, but he is unlikely to trouble an in-form Djokovic unduly on grass. The Serb has not lost to Nadal on the surface since the 2008 Queen’s Club final and he would be the clear favourite if they were drawn against one another this year.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker recently challenged the next generation to “show up” and start challenging for Grand Slam titles. The last 10 Slams have been won by Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, while exciting youngsters such as Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios have flattered to deceive. The brightest young star of the bunch could well be Greek prodigy Tsitsipas, who went to the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year after vanquishing Federer. He is just 20 years old, but he is already up to sixth in the world rankings and he displays a level of calm and composure in big matches that betrays his age. Grass is his favourite surface and he claims to love Wimbledon, so he could light up this year’s tournament with his aggressive baseline play and impressive athleticism.

Kyle Edmund

The home crowds will miss the opportunity to turn Wimbledon into Murray Mound this year, but they might just have a chance of cheering Edmund on in the second week of the tournament. The 24-year-old has been the British number one since March 2018 and he is now a mainstay in the world’s top 30. He reached the third round at Wimbledon last year, while his best performance came at the 2018 Australian Open as he reached the last four. He has won a title in Antwerp and he has previously between Djokovic, so hope springs eternal for British tennis fans.

GUARDIAN TENNIS: The story of Rafael Nadal’s dynasty at the French Open – video report

GUARDIAN TENNIS: The story of Rafael Nadal’s dynasty at the French Open – video report

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros to claim his 12th French Open title and 18th grand slam. A mark of his near-total dominance on clay, he has won all but three French Open tournaments since 2005 – and now stands just two grand slams short of Roger Federer‘s all-time record of 20

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 16:13:36 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Thiem labels Nadal ‘best clay court player of all-time’ – video

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Thiem labels Nadal ‘best clay court player of all-time’ – video

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem share their immediate reactions following the 2019 French Open final. Thiem pushed Nadal hard for two sets, but ultimately the Spaniard was too strong, claiming his 12th French Open title in four sets. Despite an injury-riddled lead up, Nadal proved he is almost unbeatable on the Roland Garros clay.

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 01:56:32 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

• Nadal wins 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to claim 18th grand slam title
• Spaniard is only two behind Roger Federer’s record of 20

Rafael Nadal, hair thinning, legs slowing imperceptibly but genius intact, remains unbeatable on the clay of Roland Garros. Not even a spirited challenge by the world No 4, Dominic Thiem, could stop the 33-year-old Spaniard winning the French Open for a 12th time on Sunday, a feat unlikely to be matched in their lifetimes, if ever.

For two sets the 25-year-old Austrian made a proper fight of it. But Nadal responded to the threat by tearing through the final two sets like the wind that has disrupted the schedule over the past few days to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in three hours.

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Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:13:56 GMT

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Nadal, Federer and Tsitsipas Reach French Open Third Round

Roland Garros—Paris, France

Second-round results:

(2) Rafael Nadal Defeats Yannick Maden 61 62 64
(3) Roger Federer Defeats Oscar Otte 64 63 64
(6) Stefanos Tsitsipas Defeats Hugo Dellien 46 60 63 75
(7) Kei Nishikori Defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 64 64
Grigor Dimitrov Defeats (11) Marin Cilic 673 64 46 76(2) 63
Corentin Moutet Defeats (19) Guido Pella 63 61 26 75
Pablo Carreno Busta Defeats (21) Alex de Minaur 63 61 61
(24) Stan Wawrinka Defeats Cristian Garin 61 64 60
(27) David Goffin Defeats Miomir Kecmanovic 62 64 63
Casper Ruud Defeats (29) Matteo Berrettini 64 75 63
(31) Laslo Djere Defeats Alexei Popyrin 64 76(4) 64
Filip Krajinovic Defeats Roberto Carballes Baena 64 64 67(1) 36 86
Juan Ignacio Londero Defeats Richard Gasquet 62 36 63 64
Nicolas Mahut Defeats Philipp Kohlschreiber 63 63 63
Benoit Paire Defeats Pierre-Hugues Herbert 62 62 57 67(6) 11-9

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Rafael Nadal sweeps Yannick Maden aside and shows why he is favourite

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Rafael Nadal sweeps Yannick Maden aside and shows why he is favourite

• Spaniard defeats German 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in Paris
• Roger Federer continues comeback on clay

It usually takes only a couple of matches for Rafael Nadal to remind everyone why he is always favourite to win here – not just the titles, which he has won an extraordinary 11 times, but points, games, sets and matches.

And so it was on day four of the 2019 French Open when he beat his second German qualifier called Yannick, Herr Maden joining Herr Hanfmann (who took only six games off the Spaniard in the first round). Maden, ranked 114 in the world, didn’t do much better. Nadal, extended only in a tricky third set when his concentration dipped, took 2hr 9min to win 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on a warm Wednesday afternoon.

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Wed, 29 May 2019 19:32:50 GMT

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