Novak Djokovic heads into Wimbledon as the top seed and the tournament favourite after a stunning year on-court, but there’s always a no.1 contender for the no.1 player and it looks like Andy Murray will take that challenge this year.
Djokovic and Murray have been the stand out players on the circuit this year. The Serb has caught the eye of everybody with the sheer domination of everybody around him, albeit with a major blip at the French Open, while the latter has impressed in 2015 after an awful 2014 season.
The pair, along with Roger Federer, represent the last three winners of the last three tournaments and all of them will be desperate to win again at SW19 for different reasons. Of course you cannot discount Rafael Nadal either, but one would suspect that the Spaniard will mark progress, rather than silverware, as a successful venture in London.
Despite his vintage record at Wimbledon, Federer will be the lesser-fancied man alongside Djokovic and Murray, but the Swiss star will be more desperate than ever to win a long overdue 18th Grand Slam. His rivals’ appeal will be focused more on current form.
Murray will look back on his success in 2013 as the inspiration to go for another title, he united Britain with that success two years and performances at Queen’s – and throughout the year - show that he is ready to hit those heights once more.
It would be another terrific moment for the Centre Court crowd to knight a home champion again, but Djokovic is determined to spoil any notion of a party.
The clear world no.1 must still be smarting from his failure in the final at the French Open – again – and will fuel his game with a great deal of frustration next week.
Djokovic is determined and means business, and do you know how we know? – Well he told everybody while making some gluten-free pasta and a pear and avocado salad, the meal of a true winner evidently.
The eight-time Grand Slam champion appeared at a cookery demonstration and told ITV reporters that he will certainly not make it easy for Murray this year. When asked if Murray could repeat his 2013 Wimbledon final victory over Djokovic, the loser of that day said: "Of course everything is possible, but I will make sure he doesn't."
Djokovic’s belief that he can restrict Murray this year are understandable when you look at the duo’s head-to-head record. The Brit hasn’t beaten the Serb since that summer’s day in 2013, and so far he has suffered two more defeats in the Grand Slams this year. Djokovic triumphed in the Roland Garros last four and Australian Open finale; if all goes to plan, the duo will meet again in the Wimbledon climax.