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1. Andy Murray – Murray broke a 77 year slump for men from the UK at All England. Over the past 52 weeks, Murray has won 2 slams, produced 1 slam runner-up finish and won a gold medal. His back-to-back titles at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon have him looking toward #1 in the ATP computers Change since last ranking +3
2. Novak Djokovic – Tennis is cruel. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray each won 7 matches total between Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Nole won 11 matches and has zero trophies. They each have 1 trophy.
3. Rafael Nadal – 7 titles in 10 events is enough to keep Rafa from falling too far from a first round upset. Change since last ranking -1
4. David Ferrer – It is hard…
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Andy Murray takes on world No.1 Novak Djokovic today in a bid to the end Britain’s 77 year wait for a Wimbledon men’s singles champion. Tennis legend Fred Perry is the last British player to win the men’s Wimbledon championship in 1936, and was the last British player to win a Men’s singles Grand Slam title until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012.
“I think I’ll be probably in a better place mentally,” Murray told BBC Sport, “I would hope so just because I’ve been there before.”
Murray, who is on a 17-match winning streak on grass, has only met Djokovic once on the surface before, where the Brit sealed a straight-sets win in the 2012 Olympic semi-final.
All of Great Britain knows that Andy can play on grass…but will he be good enough to beat Djokovic on this day? That depends a great deal on which Andy Murray will show up on the hallowed grounds. Will it be the Murray who attacks and forces play with aggression and confidence? Or will it be the Murray who defends his side of the court with consistency and a patented counter-punching style? I say it had better be a great deal of both because Novak will be stoked to hoist his second Wimbledon trophy.