A new Wimbledon champion is something we haven’t had in some time. In fact, the last new Wimbledon champion was Andy Murray back in 2012.
Outside the big four of Rafa, Roger, Novak and Andy winning in London you have to go back to 2002 for someone different and that was Lleyton Hewitt who saw off David Nalbandian.
The chasing pack are coming…
Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the pack and says it is ‘boring’ having the same winners so who will step forth at Wimbledon?
Stefanos is 20 years old and has had an incredible twelve months on the tour. I cannot fault what he has done, the mental strength this guy has shown over the last year or so has been incredible. What impresses me is how he holds it together. I saw him in Melbourne and how he kept it together against Roger in the quarter final was admirable and the same in Madrid against Nadal I was speechless. He lost to Stan in Paris but stayed with it and it will come big soon for him!
Dominic Thiem… were starting to see more of the Austrian outside of the clay. Of course he has a great record in Paris but I do think he can learn so much from how Federer plays on grass. Thiem has the ability to speed things up and I do hope we see something from him at Wimbledon. I don’t think however he has the experience yet on the surface to do it yet.
Daniil Medvedev is another. Writing this I am a bit hesitant in all honesty. He has played some fantastic tennis this year but after Monte-Carlo and Barcelona it completely fell apart. He had a good week at Queens getting to the semi-finals before falling to Gilles Simon so it is a promising sign.
I’ve seen him cause issues at Wimbledon before with a well measured win against Stan a few years back. He has the game, there is no doubt about that but bringing it all together at a major is a bit of an ask.
Sascha Zverev. I should be putting the word ‘contender’ next to his name but I’m not. I’m not going to repeat myself too much but I’ve said before he’s sat miles behind the baseline and losing match after match. I know Lendl will be there these couple of weeks and hopefully following his early Halle exit they have something to work on. Contender? No.
The former finalists…
Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic have been to the final before so they know what it takes.
Marin has had a rough year, it just hasn’t happened for him at all! 10 wins and 10 defeats this season, he now has former Wimbledon finalist Wayne Ferreira in his box for the grass court season and I hope they find something.
Kevin and Milos are in the same boat. I was impressed with the ‘comeback level’ of both in London and Stuttgart respectively but it has come too soon for them.
The chasing pack, that is that… I don’t see anyone else chasing right now outside of these guys but even the majority of them have plenty of work to do.
Do all hopes of a new winner at Wimbledon rest on Stefanos Tsitsipas for 2019? I think so.