Four Players to Watch at this Year’s Wimbledon Championships
By Space Coast Daily // June 7, 2021
With the Wimbledon Championships on the horizon, tennis fans across the world will be rubbing their hands with glee ahead of the lawn-tennis showpiece. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Wimbledon was the only one of tennis’ four Grand Slams not to go ahead last year. So, there’s no doubt that fans will be looking forward to this year’s tournament more than ever.
Novak Djokovic, who is the outright favourite in the Wimbledon odds, will be keen to defend his title and close the gap on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the race for the most Grand Slam titles of the Open Era. However, with the next generation of talent beginning to stick their oars in, the Serbian will have his work cut out if he wants to land a third Wimbledon title on the spin.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the players to keep an eye out for at this years Wimbledon. Who knows, they might even buck the trends and became the first player outside the ‘Big Four’ to win the English Grand Slam since Lleyton Hewitt’s victory in 2002.
It seems like it’s only a matter of time before 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas gets his hands on one of the four Grand Slam titles and that is reflected in him being the second favourite to Djokovic ahead of Wimbledon. The young Greek professional hasn’t had much luck on the grass courts before, with a run to the fourth round in 2018 his best outing in three attempts. However, if he can build on reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the French Open, he’ll head to London bursting with confidence and we’re sure he’ll progress deep into the tournament.
Daniil Medvedev is another player you’d expect to see win one of the Grand Slams sooner rather than later. The 25-year-old Russian climbed to second in the world rankings back in March and a victory at Wimbledon would surely see him move into the No. 1 spot, should he not win the French Open first of course. Like Tsitsipas, Medvedev is yet to go far in Wimbledon — his best is the third round. However, if he can get a favourable draw and a good run of victories, momentum will build and he’ll be hard to stop.
German Alexander Zverev is another player hoping to take his career up a notch. The 24-year-old had his best season to date last year, reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open before blowing a two-set lead against Dominic Thiem in the final of the US Open, ultimately losing 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(8-6). A defeat like that can be hard to take for such a young player. However, he has plenty of time to bounce back. He set a benchmark for the season with a quarter-final exit at the Australian Open, and he’ll be hoping to better that at Wimbledon — where he’s failed to get past the fourth round in five attempts.
After tasting defeat in three Grand Slam finals, Thiem finally landed his maiden major triumph last year, beating Zverev in that aforementioned US Open final. Having finally gotten over the line in a Grand Slam finale, the pressure is off the Austrian’s shoulders and he’ll certainly want to push on for another couple of major titles now. Again, he’s yet to get passed the fourth round at Wimbledon, where he has just a 45% strike rate, but he’ll be keen to put that right now he is a Grand Slam champion.