Friday, 16 November, 2018

'Big 4' given top-4 seedings at Wimbledon; Kerber also No. 1

Nick Kyrgios Nick Kyrgios was beaten in straight sets by Andy Murray 12 months ago
Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2017, 08:55

The third Grand Slam of the season gets underway at the All England Club on Monday and two of the greatest players to have graced the game, Nadal and Federer, are being tipped to make the final.

And Lopez believes the draw will be wide open as a result.

"So I'm happy to react right away and remind myself I actually can play well on grass", he added.

Twelve months after shutting down his season in the wake of a devastating semi-final defeat, Swiss maestro Roger Federer will once again go into the Wimbledon 2017 as favourites. He's not playing much, but when he's playing, he's winning.

Andy Murray suffered an injury scare ahead of Wimbledon as the world number one pulled out of an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club due to a sore hip on Tuesday.

"I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing in the opening round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did", Sport24 quoted Federer as saying. But it will now be a surprise if No 19 does not come in two weeks' time. So many things, you know, that may affect the performance of the players.

In the Jaguar commercial, the tennis world number one can be seen giving up last year's replica trophy for a special tour in the XF Sportbrake.

The 2013 and 2016 victor who has also been seeded No. 1 in the men's draw has struggled for consistency this year, failing to win any of his five clay events and making an early exit at the Queen's Club earlier this month. I lost the finals here and won Eastbourne the week after a few years ago.

Injury forced him to skip Wimbledon in 2009 and 2016 while the years 2012-2015 saw him lose to Lukas Rosol (world ranked 100), Steve Darcis (135), Nick Kyrgios (144) and Dustin Brown (102). "I do find it stressful but I think it helps me concentrate better".

'But, yeah, there is no better preparation.

Speaking about the tour, Murray said: "Apparently, I'm the first victor in the history of Wimbledon to give up their replica trophy like this".

The jury is still out on his decision to hire Andre Agassi while his quarter-final loss at Roland Garros to Dominic Thiem was his first in straight sets at the majors in four years.