Wimbledon 2018 Preview: Federer at 36 seeks no. 9 at All England Club

From clay to grass! From long exhausting rallies to booming serves and plenty of volleys! After Rafael Nadal’s undécimo (11th) French Open title, the attention has now shifted towards the Championship, third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon and to of course 20-time Grand Slam winner, the legend himself, Roger Federer.

Swiss maestro - A clear favourite

After winning the 2017 Wimbledon, Men’s Singles title, Federer became the oldest man to lift a Grand Slam Singles trophy in the open era. Federer at 36 is still playing like he was in his mid-20s and the Championship no. 9 wouldn’t surprise anyone. An added advantage for the Swiss maestro would be the break that he took from the clay court season which will keep him in better shape for Wimbledon 2018.

Who all are the favourites other than Roger Federer?
Unlike Roland Garros, the fast grass court surface of All England Club will give an added advantage to players to go for big serves and finish the game in short rallies. Take 2017 for example, likes of Sam Querrey, Gilles Muller, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic made it to the Quarter-final with this technique. 

So, it’s an open invitation to all the underperforming players on the tour to go hard, as long as they have a big serve and can create upsets as the tournament progress.

Andy Murray - Is he coming back?

Since losing to the American, Sam Querrey in Wimbledon 2017, quarter-final, the Briton has made a comeback in the ongoing Queen’s Club Championship. He lost to the Australian, Nick Kyrgios in the opening round, but showed enough promise. He is yet to make a call on whether to play or skip the Championship 2018. His presence could be a joy for his fans as his ranking has gone down to a lowly 156. 

Nadal - A factor?

Reigning French Open Men’s Singles Champion, Rafael Nadal is named as the top-seed for Wimbledon 2018. The Spaniard though will face a stiff challenge, as he’ll be tested against some of the biggest servers on the circuit. Nadal has played in Wimbledon five times since 2012, and got knocked out in the 2nd Round three times, and lost in 4th Round on two other occasions. Surely, it’ll be a big test for the King of Clay!

How far can the rising Yuki go?

India’s highest-ranked Yuki Bhambri is having his best run on tour. After playing Roland Garros for the 1st time in his career, Yuki has also earned a direct entry for the Wimbledon 2018. He’s a better player on grass than clay. So, based on the draws, all the fans across India will expect him to go further into the tournament.