The 140th edition of Wimbledon got underway yesterday with Sir Andy Murray OBE hoping to successfully defend his crown. There have been question marks regarding the three-time Grand Slam winner’s fitness in recent weeks, after a recurring hip injury saw him suffer a humiliating first round exit in Queen’s to Canadian world number 90 Jordan Thompson.
However, any fitness concerns fans may have had ahead of his first-round clash with Alexander Bublik were soon put to bed. The world number one cruised past his Kazakhstani opponent 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and will now face German Dustin Brown in the second round, who famously defeated Rafael Nadal in 2015.
This year’s Wimbledon is important for Murray for several reasons. As well as vying for his fourth Grand Slam, a third Wimbledon title would see him equal the legendary Fred Perry’s British record. Alongside this, the Scotsman will also have one eye on the World Rankings.
Currently sitting at the top of the World Rankings, going into Wimbledon he faced a battle with Nadal, Stan Warwinka and Novak Djokovic to remain at the top. Warwinka suffered a shock defeat in the opening round yesterday to Daniil Medvedev but Murray will still need to be on the top of his game if he is to hold on to his world number one accolade come the end of July.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly is the fact that veteran Roger Federer remains the bookies favourite for the tournament. The seven time Wimbledon champion hasn’t won the competition since 2012 and this time last year it looked unlikely he would ever win a Grand Slam again with many calling for his retirement.
Knee surgery and a long injury lay off saw many people rule him out of contention, but the 18-time Grand Slam champion has had something of a resurgence in 2017 winning the Australian Open against all the odds in January.
It remains to be seen who will come out on top in this year’s edition of the world’s oldest tennis tournament but you can be sure that whatever the outcome, it is nicely poised to be one of the best Wimbledon’s ever.
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