Wimbledon, England ( Associated Press) — It’s been 20 years since someone outside the quartet of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray became the men’s singles champions at Wimbledon.
Could this be the year someone else wins the trophy?
“Why not of course? What Roger, Rafa, Andy and Novak have done for this game is really incredible, and they have been in a lot of battles. But the time has come for our faces,” said 25-year-old Paul Hubert Herkázs Said, who defeated Federer on center court for the semi-finals at the All England Club.
“We are going up and playing very well. It is becoming increasingly competitive. We are getting a little closer,” added seventh-seeded Harkaz, who will face Spaniard Alejandro Davydovich Fokina when the grass-court Grand Slam begins on Monday. “And it’s something that piques the interest of fans as well.”
Whether the streak of titles amassed by the Big Four of men’s tennis ends this time around – something that is not certain despite the fact that Federer, who turns 41 on 8 August, underwent a series of knee surgeries. and Murray, 35, after two hip operations, Djokovic (35) and Nadal (36) are the top two seeds and jointly not the same player to share 14 of the last 16 majors – Anyhow they have shown their carats within the group of applicants.
He set the tone for Wimbledon by defeating current world number one Daniil Medvedev, who will not be present at the All England Club, in the final of the tournament due to a ban imposed on players from Russia and Belarus due to the war in Ukraine. Above the lawn in Halle, Germany.
Other names to consider are Italian Matteo Berrettini, who lost to Djokovic in the final last year and comes eighth in the rankings after winning two titles on the grass in recent weeks; Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassim (seeded sixth and quarter-finalist in 2021) and Denis Shapovalov (seeded 13th) and semifinalist in 2021; and Stefanos Tsitsipas (ranked 4th), whose Wimbledon career includes three first round losses and one run until the round of 16. The Greek says that his game can be folded on the surface and reach the final days of the tournament.
“My tennis is fit for this. I’m a person who likes to work hard, so I see no reason not to come because I’m capable of it with my tennis, my mindset and my skills as a tennis player,” said Tsitsipas, who speaks to Djokovic in French. Open final and who became champion in Mallorca tournament on grass on Saturday. “I think I’ll be able to do it at some point.”
Diversity has been the norm among women who have won titles recently – seven sharing the last eight Wimbledon trophies – and five are in a draw this time around: Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova. who on Saturday captured the title of the grass-court tournament in Eastbourne on Saturday.
2021 champion Ash Barty will not defend the title after retiring in March at the age of 25 (Marion Bartoli, the 2013 champion, also retired shortly after being crowned.
In addition to those previous champions – Williams has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam crowns at the All England Club and reappeared in the singles category a year later without competing – the list of contenders included world number one Inga Swietec. who are coming to the French Open for a streak of 35 straight wins and be crowned at the top of the wave; Coco Gauff, 18-year-old American who lost to Sweetek in the Paris final; and Tunisian Ons Jabur, a quarter-finalist and third seed in 2021.
Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon in 2002, Federer has won a record eight men’s titles (Martina Navratilova has won the women’s title nine times), Djokovic has won six, and Nadal and Marya have won two each.
“Novak and Rafa are probably still the favorites – Novak is probably the (top) favorite, if you have to pick one. If he starts strong and gets into the rhythm, it’s definitely going to be very dangerous, because he’s the one.” Who makes the best moves on this surface,” said Kasper Rood, the Norwegian who appears as third seed and who lost to Nadal in the Paris final at the beginning of the month “It’s amazing how good he is on the grass. Everybody mentions (seven-time champion Pete) Sampras and Federer as legends on the grass, but he’s there too.”