While the pressure may not be exactly the same, the weight of a nation still rests on Andy Murray’s shoulder over the next fortnight, as he attempts to defend his Wimbledon Championships against a draw of formidable challenges. Seeded third at the event, Murray is behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the seeding arrangement, but ahead of Roger Federer, which means he will not face those opponents before the semi-final stage, but he will begin his campaign against David Goffin, whom he has never met before on the professional tour.
Although Murray was thoroughly outclassed in his match-up against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, it was still a great achievement for the Brit, who has now reached the semi-final of both the Grand Slams he has taken part in this season. He has also now returned to the Top 5, where he sits at No. 5. He sadly did not get off to the best of starts to his grass court season, as he failed to defend his title at the Aegon Championships. He lost to Radek Stepanek in the third round of the tournament, which allowed Grigor Dimitrov to rise and win the title.
“I feel pretty good, the last couple of days I’ve been moving well. I moved OK at Queen’s but I’ve started moving well over the last few days.
“I’ve practiced with [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga and [Grigor] Dimitrov, then obviously had a good match here [a stylish win in two sets over Tommy Robredo], so I’ve spent a lot of time on the courts and I’m feeling good.”
Belgium’s youngster David Goffin is coming off a second round exit to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the Aegon Championships last week. The world No. 103 opened up the draw with a win against Dominic Thiem but failed to maintain that momentum the following day.
Murray and Goffin will open play on Centre Court at 13:00 BST on Monday’s first day of the championships. This is the first time these two competitors cross paths on the professional tour, and should be a compelling match between the British No. 1 and defending champion and a budding Belgian talent.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Straight Sets