It is 75 years since Fred Perry became the last British winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon – and the weight of expectation on Andy Murray will be greater than ever after his second win in three years at Queen’s Club.
But just in case anyone underestimates the size of the task facing the battling Scotsman ranked No.4 in the world, this just happens to be one of the most competitive eras ever in the history of the game.
To become Wimbledon champion Murray must overcome the challenge of two of the greatest players the sport has ever produced – not to mention formidable Serb Novak Djokovic, who began the year with an unbelievable 41-match winning streak.
Roger Federer – currently ranked No.3 in the world and arguably the greatest grass court player we have ever seen – was the man who finally beat the World No.2 in the semi-finals of the French Open at the beginning of the month.
While top dog is Rafa Nadal, the defending Wimbledon champion who won the French title at Roland Garros for a record-equalling sixth time.
For Murray to win at Wimbledon would be a major upset. But you have to admire his attitiude
“I’m going to Wimbledon with the feeling that I’m going to win the tournament,” declared Murray after winning at Queen’s when he fought back to beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets.
Andy Murray warms up for Wimbledon with his second win at Queen’s Club