Wimbledon : Big Four Top the Seedings Once Again
Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are again the top 4 seeds at Wimbledon which started its 2017 Championships on Monday July 3. Andy Murray has been struggling with a bad hip since before the French Open. Djokovic has not been his consistent self of late although it looks like he is coming back to good form. Rafa Nadal has had a lean time but is just beginning to get back to his best, winning the French Open and winning Eastbourne, in the lead up to Wimbledon. Roger Federer has had a marvellous comeback since his knee operation last year striking back and winning the Australian Open in January. He missed to clay at Roland Garros to concentrate on Wimbledon his favourite tournament and notched up a win last week in the Halle Open.
Murray says that although he has had a difficult few weeks he is now able to defend Wimbledon with increased confidence.
So assuming they all get through to the semi-finals it may all depend on how easy their run has been and how well they hold up physically, as to who moves into the final.
Nadal is in the top half of the draw so would meet Murray in the semis while Federer is due to meet Djokovic.
Of course there is many a slip between cup and lip and any of their plans could be upset by lower seeded players.
Also in the top half of the draw is the big serving Marin Cilic that would meet Nadal and Stan Wawrinka is due to meet Murray in the quarters. While in the lower half there is Milos Raonic to challenge Federer and Dominic Thiem to confront Djokovic.
In the Ladies competition is much more open with Angelique Kerber seeded 1, Simona Halep 2, Karolina Plishkova 3, Elina Svitolina is 4. But Caroline Wazniaki and Britain’s Johanna Konta at 5 and 6 respectively are also having a good season.
All of the top seeds in both the Gentleman’s and Ladies Singles got though the first round, Federer and Djokovic both had easy games with their opponents retiring early in the matches, in fact 5 of the men’s first round players retired in round 1—maybe the payout for 1st round losers at GBP45,000 is becoming overly tempting? At the after match press conference Federer said the ATP was trialing a new system this year to stop partly fit players from starting tournaments and suggested that Grand Slams should also consider introducing the ATP approach.