Murray, Wawrinka And The Ones To Watch At Wimbledon
On the eve of Wimbledon, ATP World Tour’s statistical guru Greg Sharko takes a look the storylines which may unfold at the All-England Club. Here is the second article in the three-part series.
(Read Part 1 here)
MURRAY ON A ROLL – Since getting married on 11 April to Kim Sears, 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has compiled a 20-1 match record, winning the first two ATP World Tour clay-court titles of his career in Munich on May 4 (d. Kohlschreiber) and at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid on 10 May (d. Nadal). His only loss came to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Last weekend he captured his fourth career Queen’s Club title (d. Anderson). He enters Wimbledon with a 41-6 match record on the season with three titles. Since the beginning of 2011, Murray has advanced to the quarter-finals or better in his last 17 Grand Slam tournaments played (DNP ’13 Roland Garros).
LOOK BACK AT 2013 – Two years ago, Murray came in as the No. 2 seed, the highest by a British man since Bunny Austin was No. 1 in 1939. He defeated Djokovic in the final to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936.
STAN MAKES BIG FIVE – Wawrinka captured his second Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros, defeating the No. 1 and 2 players for the second time en route to the title. Wawrinka beat countryman and No. 2 Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and No. 1 Djokovic in the final. At last year’s Australian Open, Wawrinka beat No. 2 Djokovic in the quarter-finals and No. 1 Nadal in the final. With five multi-Grand Slam title winners in the Top 10 Emirates ATP Rankings, it’s been more than 25 years since this last happened. On 12 February, 1990, five of the Top 10 were multiple Slam champions with 1-Ivan Lendl (8), 4-John McEnroe (7), 9-Mats Wilander (7), 2-Boris Becker (4) & 3-Stefan Edberg (3).
ROLAND GARROS-WIMBLEDON SWEEP – No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka will attempt to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles in the same year. The others to accomplish the feat are: Rod Laver in 1969, Bjorn Borg in 1978-79-80, Nadal in 2008 & ‘10 and Federer in 2009.
RAFA NO. 10 SEED – Two-time (2008, ’10) Wimbledon champion and World No. 10 Rafael Nadal is the No. 10 seed at the All England Club, his lowest seeding in 11 career appearances. Last year he came in ranked No. 1/seeded No. 2 and lost in the fourth round to Nick Kyrgios. Two years ago he came into Wimbledon with a 22-match winning streak before falling in the first round to No. 135 Steve Darcis. It was Nadal’s first Grand Slam opening round loss in his career. In ’12, he lost in the second round to Lukas Rosol in five sets. The 29-year-old Spaniard won his fourth career grass court title in Stuttgart (d. Troicki) on 14 June, his first grass title since ’10 Wimbledon. His last final at the All England Club came in 2011 (l. to Djokovic). He also was runner-up in 2006-07.
LLEYTON BIDS FAREWELL – Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who captured the Wimbledon title in 2002, is making his 17th and final appearance at the All England Club. The 34-year-old Aussie has a 41-15 career record and along with his title, he reached the semi-finals in 2005 and quarter-finals in 2004, ’06 and ’09.
HAAS MAKES RETURN – Tommy Haas, 37, is the oldest player to appear in the singles draw at Wimbledon since 39-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1992 (1R). Connors is the last player 37 & over to win a match at Wimbledon. He reached the third round in 1991 (at 38). Haas has a 23-13 career record at Wimbledon and his best result was the semi-finals in 2009.
SLAM BREAKTHROUGHS – Over the past six Grand Slam tournaments, several players aged 25 and under have made breakthroughs in Grand Slams. Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov reached the semi-finals last year at Wimbledon:
|6/22 Rank (Current Age)||2014-15 Grand Slam Highlights
| No. 5 Kei Nishikori (25y,4m)
|| Runner-up at US Open;QF at ’15 Aust. Open, Roland Garros
| No. 8 Milos Raonic (24y,5m)
|| SF at Wimbledon,QF at Roland Garros; QF at ’15 Aust Open
| No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov (24y,1m)
|| SF at Wimbledon, QF at AO
| No. 29 Nick Kyrgios (20y,1m)
|| QF at Wimbledon (d. No. 1 Nadal), QF at ’15 Aust. Open
| No. 31 Jack Sock (22y,8m)
|| Won Wimbledon doubles title (w/Pospisil)
| No. 55 Vasek Pospisil (25y)
|| Won Wimbledon doubles title (w/Sock)
YOUNG ONES TO WATCH – There are nine players 21 & under in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings, including four teenagers (last year going into Wimbledon there were no teens in Top 100). The last time four or more teens were in Wimbledon main draw in 2008 (with five):
Nine Players Ages 21 And Under In Top 100 (Listed by Age)
| Alexander Zverev, GER
|| 18 Years, 2 Months
| Borna Coric, CRO
|| 18 Years, 7 Months
| Hyeon Chung, KOR
|| 19 Years, 1 Month
| Thanasi Kokkinakis, AUS
|| 19 Years 2 Months
| Nick Kyrios, AUS
|| 20 Years, 1 Month
| Lucas Pouille, FRA
|| 21 Years, 3 Months
| Kimmer Coppejans, BEL
|| 21 Years, 4 Months
| Dominic Thiem, AUT
|| 21 Years, 9 Months
| Jiri Vesely, CZE
||21 Years, 11 Months|