Wimbledon: Golden opportunity for Federer to take Grand Slam tally to eighteen

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Jun 23, 2014, 17:28 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai

New Delhi: The third Grand Slam of year, Wimbledon is all set to kick start from Monday. In the men`s singles, the `Fab Four` will once again try to maintain their dominance in the oldest tennis tournament.

While Andy Murray, the title holder will try to defend his trophy, the other three – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic -- will make sure they give their best shot to lift the title.

But the poor form of defending champion, wrist injury of Djokovic and grass struggle of Rafa makes the seven-time Wimbledon winner, FedEx, one of the top contenders to lift his record eighth title, this time around. And after a poor 2013, Federer has shown glimpses of his former self this year.

Nadal, who won the French Open two weeks back, had a poor run in the last two editions of Wimbledon. The second seeded player, failed to cross even the second round on each occasion and failed to make any impact. On the other hand, the top seed of the tournament Djokovic, recently showed concerns about his right wrist which is troubling him a bit.

However, Murray who created history by becoming the first Briton to win the Wimbledon title after Fed Perry in 1936, hasn`t won any title since then.

Nevertheless, the ageing Federer, who last won a slam in 2012, that too at Centre Court, is most comfortable while playing on grass. And at a time when the other three players of the `Fab Four` are either not at the top of the game or are struggling with injuries, Federer should pounce on the opportunity to become the oldest man in the history of the game to win the prestigious title.