Andy Murray, who is currently ranked 51 in the world, is unseeded in the Wimbledon despite recent good form on grass courts. He will play at the championships after reaching the final of the Boss Open in Stuttgart earlier this month and defeating Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas along the way.
Despite having trouble on hard courts, the three-time Grand Slam champion. This year, he has demonstrated his skill in grasscourt competitions. With the Surbiton Trophy, Murray began his adventure. He entered the Stuttgart Open’s grass courts after reaching the semifinals of the ATP 250 tournament. He won in straight sets over top competitors including the World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Australian Nick Kyrgios in Stuttgart. But the Italian Matteo Berrettini slipped the trophy out of his hands in the sets of 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
Nevertheless, former World No. 1 Andy Murray is ready to take on the Grand Slam of grass. As he appears to have effectively honed his abilities for the grass, the two-time Wimbledon winner is riding high on fans’ optimism for this season.
Tough road ahead for Andy Murray
In the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships, Andy Murray, a two-time champion, will square off against James Duckworth. Andy Murray has struggled with an abdominal injury leading up to the Grand Slam and he has avoided an opening seed, with his first test next week coming in the form of Australian world No 77 Duckworth.
After that, the Brit will lock horns with John Isner and Jannik Sinner in the round of 64 and round of 32, respectively. Even if he flushes these obstacles, the competition won’t be particularly simple for him because he’ll be up against young sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the round of 32. Alcaraz has consistently lived up to expectations, making him one of the current favourites to win in the grass. Therefore, no matter how good Murray is on the grass court, he will have a tough time with the young Spaniard.
If he defeats Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, the current defending champion, will be his opponent. Following the cancellation of the 2020 championships, Djokovic will compete for his seventh Wimbledon victory and fourth consecutive title after victories in 2018 and 2019. Their duo have met each other 36 times before with the Serb leading their head-to-head with 25-11. They both were supposed to meet in this year’s ATP Master’s Championship in Madrid, but, Murray had to withdraw from the match due to his sickness. So, it will be interesting to see them squaring off against each other after 4 years approximately.
In the semifinals, the 36-year-old might lock horns with either World No.5 Casper Ruud or World No.10 Hubert Hurkacz. Ruud has been in a good form this year having reached the finals of the 2022 French Open Championships whilst Hurkacz is a force to be reckoned with on grass, having put an end to Roger Federer’s journey in the 2021 Wimbledon Quarterfinals. Finally, Andy Murray might have the opportunity to relive his past by competing against Rafael Nadal in the final showdown. Rafael Nadal, who has already won the Australian Open and the French Open, is en route to the calendar slam and will make it difficult for the Brit to stand out on the grass. If not Nadal, then Murray could meet last year’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Andy Murray’s projected path to the finals
- R128- James Duckworth
- R64- John Isner
- R32- Jannik Sinner
- R16- Carlos Alcaraz
- Qfs- Novak Djokovic
- Sf- Casper Ruud/Hubert Hurkacz
- F- Rafael Nadal/ Matteo Berrettini/ Stefanos Tsitsipas
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