Andy Murray made a huge decision to skip the French Open this year, in order to prepare well for the grass court season. The Briton has not been at his best since a hip injury he suffered in 2017, and has been out on the sidelines for a long period of time.
Despite his injury issues, Murray still has the desire to compete on the biggest stages. The 34-year old will participate at Wimbledon 2021, and will hope to claim his third title on home soil. He claimed the title on the historic centre court in 2013 and 2016, defeating Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic respectively in the finals respectively.
Mats Wilander, seven time Grandslam champion believes that Andy Murray has a good opportunity of doing well at Wimbledon, and backs the Briton to put on a stellar display.
“He can definitely get to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for sure. Absolutely. He can have a couple of heroic efforts on centre court against lower ranked players get a little bit of confidence,” said Wilander.
“Obviously the draw is massive. I do not know if he gets drawn against Tsitsipas in the first round or obviously Novak, Rafa, and Roger, but if its Tsitsipas in the first round that’s a problem,” he opined.
Andy Murray can beat those guys: Mats Wilander
Mats Wilander opined that if Andy Murray gets away with an easier draw, he can defeat the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round. However, he feels that an early match up with them, may not work in Murray’s favor.
“But if he gets to win a match gain some confidence and then suddenly thrown into the fourth round against Tsitsipas and we are all fired up and it’s live or die for him, Murray can beat those guys,” said Wilander.
“For sure he can beat Tsitsipas, Zverev, and Medvedev and all those guys. I am not sure about Novak and Rafa because I think they refuse to lose to him these days – unless he has a great serving day then there is a chance,” he added.
The Swede believes that Andy Murray can defeat Roger Federer at Wimbledon, but it will be a very difficult task to beat the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“I do think it’s very reachable for him to get to the fourth round or the quarters. Maybe he could even beat Roger but Rafa and Novak, [but that] might be slightly out of his league at the moment,” Wilander concluded.